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This page includes some jargon that hasn't been added to the site's glossary yet. I'll be around to fix this later, but sorry for the inconvenience in the meantime.
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|My Rating:||Ages 13 and up|
|Genre:||Platformer / Horror|
|Review Published On:||August 27th, 2016|
|Played on:||Martha & Thaddeus|
Your progress is saved automatically. To be more specific, when you restart the game, you can start from any world that you've reached previously.
The cheerful fascade the game begins with is quickly dropped as you progress, turning the levels into a bloody, twisted hellscape.
While this is pretty formulaic platformer, the gameplay revolves around a new concept called "everting". Basically, Eversion takes place in a multi-layered reality, and in order to progress, you'll frequently need to "evert" (or move) between these layers. The tricky part is that you can only evert when you're near a weak spot in the fabric of reality. These weak points aren't normally visible, but they can be found indirectly. Near a weak spot, the music and background slightly fades into the next layer, giving you a hint as to where you'll end up if you evert at that location.
Every layer is a slight change from the previous layer. Effectively, these layers form a progression from happy and good (the "highest" layer) to twisted and evil (the "lowest" layer). This means that the deeper in you travel, the more things will have changed, and often not for the better. However, these changes also open up new roads for you to explore, as some objects act like walls on one layer but can be walked through in others. For example, in one reality there may be a lush tree blocking your path, but in some alternate world, that tree will be a dead twig that you can walk past without issue.
A downside to warping through these different realities is that the simpler platforming mechanics become increasingly difficult. New monsters start appearing, and many of these creatures are not only invulnerable, but will also kill you if you touch them. If you're really going to save the princess, you're going to need to be a brave little flower and explore the darkest planes of reality.
Eversion isn't a long game, and it's definitely one that fans of spooky campfire stories should try at least once. The remastered version isn't terribly expensive, but if you're fine with the simpler graphics, there is a free version of the game available.
Points of Interest
Concerns and Issues
For example, take a look at the basic enemies. Like most platformers, you can defeat them by jumping on them, and at the same time, you'll be defeated if you touch them some other way. At the beginning of the game (ie, the highest level of reality), these creatures are cheerful little balls with feet, and they just fall off the level when defeated. In the lower layers of reality, they are angry one-eyed monsters with lots of sharp teeth. Jumping on them now results in a bloody splatter. There are scarier monsters lurking in the later levels as well.
The warping of reality even affects the game's interface, as the "READY!" message shown at the start of a level can also become corrupted, saying things like "GIVE UP" or "READY (to DIE!)".
Or it might not display at all.