Maybe it’s level design that’s focused around exploration. Maybe it’s the fact that the soundtrack reminds me of the classic “Air Zonk” for the TurboGrafx-16. Whatever it is, “Zippy Push Kid” hit all the right notes for me.
The game has you platforming across levels, and it’s a bit like recess: you can fall from any height without being hurt, letting you thrown yourself into exploring the levels without fear of instant death around every turn. A “punisher”-style platformer this is not. “Zippy Push Kid”‘s mechanics have you using magnetism to either hurtle yourself forward, or to push enemies away from you. I liked the vibe of this thing, and it’s definitely worth a download (and 80 Microsoft Points, if you like the free trial).
Here’s what the developer (FrostTree Games) has to say about the game:
“Zippy’s on the loose! Help Zippy escape nefarious waves of cyborg experiments run loose from the research lab. Use magnet powers to launch across levels! Repel enemies and dodge projectiles! Defeat the evil cyborg sea cucumber, Wopley! Excitement and more! Zippy goes above and beyond the call!”