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Pretentious Game 5


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Pretentious Game 5Life can be a bit pretentious sometimes, can't it? Today we bring you another installment in the Pretentious Game series first featured on JiG four years ago.

In true form, the adventures of our little square friends continue with a series of short, monologue like texts on each level. They serve as double meanings - not only cryptic hints toward the solution of a particular level, but also serve to chronicle the continuing story of the characters, differentiated only by the different color of each square. As you progress through the levels, you will discover yet more layers of the plot through a minimalist platformer that invokes feels that are anything but.

You mainly play with either the arrow keys or [WASD], but there are several places where a certain creative twist of the imagination will be needed. I don't want to spoil it for you, so you're just going to have to journey into the game and find out yourself!

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Cyberjar88 October 21, 2017 5:57 PM

I can't seem to figure out Beyond Borders. Please help.

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CrankYanker October 21, 2017 10:26 PM replied to Cyberjar88

@Cyberjar:

From the first box, jump up the ladder and over the wall into the second box. Keep going right, and as soon as you leave the screen, press left. Keep going left until you drop (right before the wall) and jump into the next box.

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I gave up on "You were always in a hurry". I thought it might have something to do with

pressing the down button while jumping over the spikes

but either that's not the secret, or I'm unable to do it.

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kktkkr October 24, 2017 3:06 PM replied to barbara

There's no real trick to the level, just plain platforming. In order to

land perfectly in each spike gap,

you have to

use your left and right arrows in midair.

If your find yourself jumping too early, try

inching over the ledge as far as possible before jumping with both Up and Right simultaneously.

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The link is to the fifth game, but the picture is for the fourth. And, in case anyone is asking, yes, for all things holy, please, PLEASE play the fourth game first.

Pretentious Game 4/5 Plot Synopsis

  • When we left off 1-3, Magenta + Gray had 2 kids - this time, canonically speaking, Game 4 has it so that it was clear Magenta + Gray were the parents (instead of the possible Magenta + Blue from Game 3)

  • Game 4 talks about Magenta's + Gray's kids - one son (mini-Gray) and one daughter (mini-Magenta) who grew up together, and play with each other. They start with leaving their mom, Magenta (ie: leaving home)

  • As they grew up, they started to have their own individual paths, and mini-Magenta split up with mini-Gray. Story focuses on mini-Gray's coping mechanism, but before long, they meet up again - just in time too, as mini-Magenta manages to successfully warn mini-Gray of an out-of-control driver that would have hit mini-Gray.

  • They come back home - and found out that their mom (Magenta) has become deaf in the interim.

    -----

  • Game 5 focuses on Magenta and her recollections of the prior events.

  • Main thing to note from Game 5 is that it shows Magenta to be very faithful to Gray. She truly loves Gray, which is quite a contrast to how she was portrayed in Game 3 (where it would make her seem inhumane for willing to get rid of *cough*sacrifice*cough* Blue and Peach just to be with Gray.)

I'm seriously not joking about playing Game 4. Game 5 seems ridiculous in comparison - the 2 child mechanic is hard at first, but is REALLY satisfying when you actually get used to it. Game 5 also, imo, lacks the story poignancy of the rest of the series.

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