The Great Work
Surprise! Just a few weeks after Knytt Underground made its appearance, Nifflas has released a brand new game! The Great Work is a platform adventure deeply inspired by the Knytt series that follows the metroidvania outline of interconnected passageways strewn with items that grant new abilities and access to new areas. Featuring an alchemy-infused story, The Great Work was made to help promote Bautafilm's latest film that follows the story of Christer Böke, a man who took a year off from his job to become a full-time alchemist.
You are the apprentice to Fulcanelli, an alchemist who thinks he has just produced a philosopher's stone. Your job is to transmute the stone to gold. How you do that is anybody's guess. Not wanting to disappoint, you head out into the dusk-drenched world and encounter other alchemists, items both useful and mysterious, transmutation furnaces, and hosts of natural barriers to block your progress. Pretty much a normal day for a platform adventurer.
Use the [arrows] keys to move and [S] to jump. The [A] and [D] keys allow you to open your inventory, swap objects, and equip certain items. Trading is a big part of The Great Work, and just about everyone you meet in this minimalist game wants something, has something to give you, or both! All you have to do to make these trades is move objects from your inventory box to the other person's. Some items can even be equipped, supplying you with new abilities like wall climbs, higher jumps, faster feet, or even overhead ceiling grabs!
Analysis: The Great Work was a surprise release from Nifflas, but who doesn't love a good surprise? It has the general atmosphere of a Knytt release with a lot of the platforming mechanics to match. The alchemy storyline is handled well, never overwhelming you with details, and the emphasis on item collection/transmutation makes it feel just a bit like an RPG. Best of all, The Great Work is an open source, meaning you can grab a copy of Multimedia Fusion 2 and tinker around with the code to your heart's content.
For a free multiplatform release made by a well-known indie game developer, it's hard to find fault with The Great Work. It's a textbook Nifflas adventure, complete with soothing visuals, beautiful ambient music, and plenty of opportunities to get lost in passageways as you attempt to circle your way back. It's not an overly difficult or complex game, just perfect for an afternoon or two of exploration.
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