Like Little Big Planet, Minecraft, and a few other games, “Craftimals: Build to the Sun” is a game where the level creation mode practically *is* the game. Here it’s a 2D platformer with an emphasis on climbing towards the sun, but how you get there is the key. This is no hardcore thousands-of-deaths platformer, it’s all pretty mellow and meant to be enjoyed for its own sake (a formula that’s worked well for Minecraft, but thankfully this couldn’t possibly be confused as a Minecraft clone). The developer has even envisaged you drawing with the game through block placement.
I know I’m doing the game absolutely no justice with that description, so I strongly recommend you watch the embedded video so you can see how ridiculously charming this game is. In a nod to Team Fortress 2, there are hats to unlock and collect. All in all, it’s a great experience for 80 Microsoft Points.
Here’s what the developer (Roppy Chop) has to say about the game:
“One part crafting game and one part 2D platformer, Craftimals lets you build your own way to the top! Play single-player or local co-op and help the animals reach the sun. Checkpoints along the way give you new powers and hats. Find out what happens when you touch the sun, or simply have fun building and creating pictures out of blocks!”