Oni Yu Can Scare Them
Created in just three days for Ludum Dare 33's "You Are The Monster" theme, this retro puzzle platformer by Team Oni is devilishly cute. In Oni Yu Can Scare Them, you play, well, Oni Yu, a demon who's been chosen to terrify the local populace to get them ready for the arrival of his dark lord, who's been forgotten in the last thousand years or so. Using the [arrow] keys to move and [A] to jump, your goal in each level is to scare all the people by possessing certain things with [S], which allows you to move the object around. Hopping well? Horrifying! Shuffling vase? Unspeakable! The thing is, some characters are dangerous. Shamans, for example, don't fear you and can in fact destroy you, since they can see you unless you're possessing something and not moving, necessitating the need to sneak by, while brave samurai fear nothing!... except the undead, of course. While games about possessing things to scare people aren't really that scarce, Oni Yu Can Scare Them is still executed very well considering its minuscule development time, with some neat ideas regarding the ways you have to scare different "enemies". Though dismounting ladders is fiddly (hit [A] at the top when not moving to jump off), and the unpredictable character movement can mean a lot of waiting and fiddling around at times, Oni Yu Can Scare Them is still fun, and an idea we'd love to see further polished and developed from its team one day.