Little girls and big bad wolves and haunting dreams... sounds like your average creepy fairytale fare, right? But Fear Less!, a new jump and run game by Innomin and Atpalicis, takes a surprising focus on personal empowerment, with a protagonist who resolves to become stronger instead of cowering under her blankets. After all, it's only a nightmare.
Race through the gloomy forest, dodging obstacles, grabbing every coin you can reach, and fighting off the local fauna with your trusty sword. Fall behind and Death will collect you, complete with a ghastly little animation— but buy yourself some upgrades, and you'll have a better chance next time. If you're up for the challenge, there are plenty of achievements to be earned as well.
Fear Less! isn't very long, and sometimes it can be a bit opaque. It's not very obvious how to reach the ending, and it really could have stood to display some signs of progress during runs. But no question about it: this is a charming, sugary treat of a game in terms of atmosphere. The art is simultaneously adorable and unsettling, giving a wonderful feel for the protagonist's personality even though she barely speaks, and the music is so catchy you might just have to download it. And while the gameplay is simple, it can be addictive; even when I didn't know how to win, I didn't think for a moment about giving up. Give it a try— with enough persistence, you can triumph over your fears!