When things start feeling a little too normal we can always rely on Mister No Wind's Studio to give us our dose of reality breaking goodness. We enjoyed Kodachrome and The Ruins of Machi Itcza and now the dark and creepy Lampshade has graced our computer screens. A nameless woman must travel through six different chapters to get to an unknown goal. But with the world full of glitches, strange creatures and old men who have few words this surreal retro platformer isn't just one you hop your way through. With every chapter turning the rules on its head when you finally think you're starting to understand, you won't. Make sure you keep something to write on nearby because some of these puzzles are going to require a memory of an elephant. And seeing as how elephants don't have thumbs I can safely assume you're going to need a pen and some note paper.
Lampshade is played with the [arrow] keys, the up key being jump. The longer you hold it the higher she goes. But if she touches the ground and you're still holding it, she'll jump again. This can make traveling up long platform like stairs much faster and the jump is controlled enough you shouldn't ever have a problem if she takes an extra hop or two. The controls are pretty smooth and so all you have to focus on is the dark world around you. And dark, in the sense of you will at times literally be groping around in the dark and taking leaps of faith to make it through. The darkness is both your friend and your greatest enemy. Lamps will light a bit of an area and can reveal things that you need, but only one screen of lamps can be lit at a time so you have to be careful when you chose to touch them. Because of this and other twists in the game Lampshade has some pretty unique puzzles that have a bit of a Metroidvania vibe to them. Remember to light your torches, but don't fear the dark. It may hold your only salvation.