RunMan: Race Around The World
It's hard to really put into words the feeling I get playing RunMan: Race Around The World. It's got a weird mix of tounge-in-cheek cuteness and genuinely cute enthusiasm. It's insanely fast paced, but you can almost never die. It's quirky and it's fun.
The levels look like they were drawn in MS Paint, with the cutscenes (yes, cutscenes) look like they're in the same style but straight off of someone's canvas. The music is a mix of turn-of-the-century folk, jazz and blues. The gameplay would be right at home on the NES: arrow keys to move, X to jump, Z to “zoom” (run). There are some very interesting twists to the standard platformer formula, and while Super Mario World comparisons are inevitable, it definitely stands on it's own.
It's also donationware, you can download the entire thing for free but are encouraged to donate to the authors.
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