F.O.L.D. - Fantastic Olfactory Latrine Discoverer
With a name like F.O.L.D. - Fantastic Olfactory Latrine Discoverer, you know something interesting has to be going on. This puzzle platform game by Cosine relies on just two mechanics to fuel its levels: picking up blocks, and folding the screen. By combining those in some seriously head-splitting ways, you get to figure out how to get from one side of the screen to the other, all in the name of making it to a single pristine bathroom fixture!
The [left] and [right] arrow keys move you back and forth one block at a time in F.O.L.D., and you automatically walk up single height ledges, so no need to worry about timing or precision platforming. Stand next to a movable block and press the [up] arrow to pick it up, then tap [down] to set it wherever you need. The [spacebar] activates fold, a limited use ability that essentially cuts and pastes a mirror image of one side of the screen to the other. F.O.L.D. also has great gamepad support, if that's more your style, but the game plays quite well with just a keyboard.
With those basic mechanics in place, F.O.L.D. proceeds to mangle your brain with tricky puzzle situations. Since you can only move up single height blocks, you have to watch where you step or risk getting stuck. The folding mechanic takes some time to get used to as well. F.O.L.D. does lack a certain spark that makes it one of those "gotta have" games, but its quiet brand of puzzle solving definitely has its place in the world. Sit down and get ready to scratch your head over these levels, and be thankful your latrine trips aren't this complex.
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