This is the story all 'bout how
my life got flipped -- turned upside down.
-- The Fresh Prince
WASD: This is how computer gamers know how to navigate virtual spaces. Sometimes I feel like we're wasting those arrow keys across the keyboard.
Newly formed Vienna-based development house Broken Rules just released And Yet It Moves on Steam, and it's a platformer that soothes my conscience. As usual, A and D move left and right, and W jumps. The left and right arrow keys, however, rotate the screen.
"Now we're getting somewhere," I thought. I tipped the landscape so that I could quickly fall to the next sketchy-man checkpoint. Except I ended up falling past him and smashing into pieces, making a crunchy noise that sounded like a very harsh whisper of "Sartre."
I'm getting better at platform games, but I struggled through the demo levels of And Yet It Moves. Your momentum continues after rotating the screen, which can lead to jumping in place and landing with enough velocity to kill yourself.
Visually, And Yet It Moves is fairly novel. It's not another "minimalist" or "lush" aesthetic, and any connection to viscera would be tenuous at best. I would call it "full," though -- and maybe even "rich," were that not such a cliche. The landscape looks as if it were built from layering ripped pieces of glossy magazine textures, and the character is sketched on bits of white. Some of the background will sway in the wind or fall with gravity in a way that's reminiscent of Little Big Planet.
Why You Should Check This Out: And Yet It Moves is a challenging platformer that's sure to keep you busy. It features a unique mechanic and an aesthetic that leaves you with a palpable sense of the game's crunchy texture. Or perhaps that's just all the dying I did.
Boom, shake-shake-shake the room.