Enliven

Embark yourself in a mystical and enchanting journey of a little earthly creature as he navigate the magic forest to find his way home! Enliven is an adventure game that takes you to a series of simple yet surprisingly mind blowing levels in which your main objective is to take control of a small little creature and guide all the way to the exit in order to progress to the next level. It is not just your typical platformer game because you have to analyze each situation carefully and learn how to use the seeds properly in order to complete each level. With its very engaging atmosphere and solid gameplay, Enliven is definitely a game you can easily add on your game list!

As soon as the game begins, you will be prompted immediately to the main scene. You can start moving the character using the left and right arrow keys. Jumping can be performed by pressing the Z key while the X key allows you to plant the current seed you are holding (if any). The main aim of the game to clear each level is to reach the next log which serves as the exit. Interestingly, you will encounter floating seeds along the way. Once acquired, you can make it grow at anytime and any place you want. Seeds will vary depending on their special ability. Some allows you to reach higher platforms while other allow you to destroy boulders and walls. This might sound so easy but the player is actually required to visualize the scene carefully and try to establish the most effective strategy to win, otherwise, you might find yourself playing the same level over and over again.

The game is not being scored nor being timed and even those these features could have made the game more engaging, it is pretty much understandable considering that this game is just a part of the recent Ludum Dare Challenge, thus it is created within a very short period of time. Despite of that, the game was able to deliver an entertaining gameplay, clever mechanics and a very amusing graphics that will somehow remind you of those classic GBA games. Overall, Eliven is a great game and I would love to see a full version of it in the near future! Kudos!