'Redder': A Game With Lonely Astronauts and Inhospitable Worlds
Anna Anthropy's 'Redder' begins with a cinematic opening, reminiscent of 'Alien' and 'Super Metroid,' wherein a lone astronaut pilots his ship through the emptiness of space, and descends upon a red-tinted planet. The theme of isolation present in the game's brief intro persists through its duration (aided by a pitch-perfect soundtrack), as players, controlling the astronaut, explore the red planet in search of 27 missing jewels. These jewels, hidden amongst a labyrinth of passages and platforming challenges, are protected by deadly robots, laser guns and electrified barriers. To overcome these obstacles, use the arrow keys to control the astronaut's jumping, which is thankfully aided by the planet's light gravity. By strategically flipping red and green switches, colored blocks (which serve as platforms and obstacles) appear and disappear, respectively.