Unbound: Worlds Apart is a unique new 2D platformer with a fantasy twist and versatile special abilities. On the surface, it's a beautiful game, on par with the likes of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. On inspection, there's a heck ton of attention paid to the fine details of the environment. And when you actually play, solving puzzles with your special ability rolls off your controller quite intuitively. This is a high-quality production for those who love platformers and want to really see what's possible in this genre. If you're ready to brave a collapsing reality inexplicably parallel to a world of creepy crawly things, but recluse in your summonable portals, say that 5 times fast and push the dang portal button.
(Now free on Nintendo Switch!) When Fall Guys came in March of 2022, it was seriously like mana from the heavens. Things were a bit worrisome and unknowable at that time. Many of us have learned how to be patient and cope, while some are still coping, but one thing that really helped me cope was Fall Guys! Let me introduce you to this wonderful game.
Lab Rags is an upcoming title from the student project studio Salt Mine Studios. It is an art-deco era puzzle level game that shares mechanics with games like Portal and its descendants. Get started right away as a mechanical android with a neat gun similar to the classic gravity gun. You can advance within the game by respawning and then grabbing your previous housing to fling at door-opening buttons, traverse over spike pits, and even build structures like stairs out of crushed cubes made from your metal leftovers. The environments and music are very charming, and it is an appropriate level of challenge and enjoyment.