A mustachioed, Victorian-era man has no greater goal in life than eating all the pies in the world. Suddenly he gains the power to travel through time--a power he then uses to steal more pies. Mustaches, pies and time travel: It's like my list of “awesome things” got smashed up into one weird LSD trip (if it had only been cake instead of pie, I would've sworn they were reading my mind).
The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom takes another jab at the time-travelling platformer genre pioneered by Cursor 10 and Braid, however it takes a decidedly unserious twist by introducing the story through Dr. Seussian rhymes and a genuinely funny art style. You play as P.B. Winterbottom and your goal is to steal pies. As you go through the level, you can hold down Left-Shift to begin recording yourself and let go of Left-Shift to begin playback in a loop. You can have multiple recordings going at once. This can be used to stack upon your selves to climb to great heights, activate remote switches, hold down the other end of a see-saw, or even smack yourself with your umbrella to send your oddly-shaped ass flying.
The goal is, of course, to eat all the pies in the level. You can use your umbrella and your recorded selves to find ways to reach all the pies. In many ways it's a standard 2D platformer, however the time travel with your recorded selves adds wrinkles into the formula. At one point I had 6 recordings of myself doing various activities throughout the level, and it became hard to keep track of my character's actions.
The art style is a cross between Twisp and Catsby and World Of Goo and it's decidedly wonky. The detail and polish is top notch, coming from 2K Play, which is the casual game brand of 2K Games. The music is just as wonky as the rest of the game, though it fits the odd theme very well. The game also supports saving your achievements and saved games to the Steam Cloud, which is helpful. Sadly there is no demo, however the full game only costs $5 and, considering the amount of polish clearly evident here, the game is a steal at that price.
Why You Should Check This Out: A fat man travels through time to steal pies to the meter of a Dr. Seuss rhyme. How can you not love a game based around that? A physics platformer with a Cursor 10 twist, The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom has a wonky, but funny, art style with an odd sense of humor about itself. It's a time-travel platformer that isn't asking brooding philisophical questions but instead is just fine with having a little fun.
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