Passion project Aura of Worlds is Cognitive Forge’s take on the immortal 2D platformer genre. Prioritising improvisation and exploration, it has players guide a miniature hooded adventurer through seven totally randomised levels. And when you’re fleeing tides of lava, dodging necromancers or weaving through flooded corridors, it’s pretty hard to stay still.
There’s a colossal number of enemy types – 50 to be precise – challenging bosses, and complex scenarios that you can work through using multiple playstyles; lanterns are both light sources and molotov cocktails, force fields can be cleared by hurling enemies at them (via the grab and throw mechanic) or with a special cloaking device – the choice is yours. It’s a classic exercise in thinking fast, plotting your next steps, and avoiding any deadly traps.