Here’s a funky fun and cutesy 2D platformer where you must overcome super tough puzzles whilst switching between perspective. Huzzah!
Toodee and Topdee
As with many indie games, this wee gem focusses on disrupting the platformer concept with a unique idea.
Here it’s about pausing time so a second character in a new perspective can manipulate the environment.
This then allows the other dude to carry on their way to complete a level. That’s the nifty little concept the game has going. You can check this out in action here.
The game began life as a jam project, just something to mess around with. But as the ideas grew, so did the little adventure.
You take control of Toodee and Topdee. The former can run and jump from the standard 2D perspective.
Topdee can run in every direction imaginable, which helps him/her/it to push blocks around from a more Link to the Past type of perspective.
Things get tricky because you need to time your perspective switches to absolute perfection, otherwise gravity does its thing (as does death).
This is really at its most challenging when you’re up against some of the bosses. Behold!
It’s a deceptively simple concept. And one that’s delivered with serious panache, helped along by its cutesy and adorable artistic style.
Puzzle fans will adore the mighty challenge the more difficult stages will pose, too, although that’s arguably where casual sorts will become all wound up.
Along with its loveable appearance, there’s also a rather nice soundtrack to go along with these.
And the whole experience is generally satisfying and damn good fun. If that’s your type of thing.
Toodee and Topdee isn’t, perhaps, as accessible as its cartoony looks suggest. But it’s still an excellent slice of enjoyable fun for any indie gamers looking for a unique challenge.