Mads Anderson's new title, Sideomorph (that's pronounced Side-o-Morph... we think), is a puzzle platform game that's all about the box. You're a little miner dude, and it's up to you to get to each treasure chest and gem in each of the twenty cubed levels. Use the [arrow] keys to move and jump from floor to floor, up or down, pretty standard platforming stuff. At least until you use the [A] button to push at the side of your cube, tilting the whole thing sideways and changing the layout of the level! Similar tilting mechanics have appeared before in games like Climbo, but it's pretty rare to find a game that puts you INSIDE the world that's been tilted, letting you watch the game world as a 3D object in front of you. There are also springs, the odd enemy monster you have to avoid, and some bonus collectibles that add some challenge and replayability.
Sideomorph is one of those browser games that reminds you there's still plenty of room for platform games to grow. It's a simple enough mechanic but it breaths tons of new life into the "jump here, jump there" formula, and Mr. Anderson has certainly gone the extra mile. The game could have been a cute diversion, but the addition of bonus artifacts to discover and a hub world with more than a few secrets to unlock makes the game downright compelling. You'll likely find yourself with a bad case of "one more level-itis" as you try to get that one hidden gem that's eluding you. The monster levels are also a fun change of pace. Scampering about with a giant green worm monster nipping at your heels is a memorable experience. It's fun stuff all around. Give Sideomorph some love.