Eversion (noun): The act of turning a structure inside out.
That’s really what this game is all about – it’s a platformer where you have the ability to turn reality inside out in order to help you get to the end of the level. You can do this at appropriately named ‘eversion points’ which can be found at multiple places in each level. Each eversion point lets you switch between two specific layers of the world, with deeper layers becoming accessible as you progress through the game. Each layer of the world has different environmental effects – for example, clouds are immaterial in the first layer but become solid in the second. But apart from this interesting feature, Eversion plays much like Mario: run around, jump on enemies to kill them, collect coins (gems, actually), rescue the princess…
That’s right, you get to rescue a princess in this game! Since I’ve said pretty much all I can about the gameplay, I figure I may as well tell you about the plot now. Said plot can be condensed into one sentence – your princess has been kidnapped and you need to rescue her. That’s all there is to it. To elaborate, you play the role of a cute flower-like critter named Zee Tee romping around in a cute world and trying to rescue the Princess of the Flower Kingdom, who was kidnapped by the Ghulibas of the north (presumably the enemies you kill in droves during the game). There’s nothing more, nothing more at all! She’s lying! There’s much, much more! Don’t save the princess! Don’t save her!
As for everything else… There are two versions – the freeware one you can download straight from the Zaratustra website, and the HD version you can get for about 4.99 USD on Steam. The graphics vary from retro (for the freeware version) and somewhat better (the HD version, obviously). The music, I think, is the same for both versions, but I can’t be sure because I haven’t actually got the HD one. There are multiple endings to unlock, and an extra ending is included in the HD version. The only thing you really need to watch out for with this game is that sometimes, you need practically pixel perfect accuracy to get some of the jumps right. She’s lying! There’s more! Be cautious in World 4!
All in all, this is a game worth checking out – it’s really short if you don’t go for 100% completion. Get the free version here: http://zarat.us/tra/offline-games/eversion.html
Oh, and by the way… the disclaimer at the start of the game is a lie. It’s a really cute, sweet game; it won’t drive you insane or anything. She’s lying! The disclaimer’s true! This game is not good for your sanity: it was inspired by Lovecraft!