When your sister, Bubble, falls ill, it's up to you to go seek out the only cure that is lost in a deep mine. Why you and you alone? Well, you're pretty darn good at cat puns and that's what every true neko hero needs. Iridescent by Osias Bantug, Kristoffer Lirazan, and Nicecream, is a platform game that dabbles a bit with puzzles and action. Your goal is to simply get to the door that leads to the next area, and all you have with you is your slingshot and trusty aim. You shot glowing gems, or spectrite stones, that are found laying around, but the gems only interact with things that are glowing the same color. Moving over a stone, with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys (and pressing [shift] lets you dash a short distance), you automatically pick it up as long as you're not holding anything else. Later when you find the statue of the goddess, Catnella, you can have the spectrite stones blessed by pressing [E] (controls can be seen in game by pressing [TAB]). When the blessed gem is shot, by holding down the left mouse button to build power, it activates its special ability. While most of the time the stones are for activating buttons and so forth, there are enemies along the way that sadly can't be hurt by your purrfect puns, but are less keen to rocks in the face.
Iridescent was made for the stenciljam2015, but it's a pretty well polished game with a full story and with a good length that has you satisfied, but not bored. Not all the levels are headscratchers, but they don't have you just firing at anything in sight either. The levels are short so you get a good mix of both puzzles and action, even though nothing is overly challenging. It's a cute playthrough with a charming atmosphere that is only missing a few things, like a save, though the game is short enough you can finish in one sitting anyway, so missing that isn't soul crushing. One of the other things that seems a little off is how long it takes you to realize you're dead. With the one-hit kill set up, you can accidentally nudge, say, a bat, and go for about half a second more before you fade out, giving you a false sense of hope that you survived. But most of the levels are small enough restarting isn't that big of deal. This is one lovely adventure that you can relax and appreciate the beautiful art work, get a good chuckle or two out of and just simply enjoy.