“A platformer where you play as a robot [that is] […] being assembled.”
Just like in the fantastic Ludum Dare 45 entries “Nothing” by Joellikespigs and “Unlock Everything” by Timmie Wong, “A_semblance” does not hand its players control over their character in the beginning. That is not just an arbitrary choice of its developer, but very well intertwined with the platformer’s narrative setting: The little robot figure is still about to be assembled, so it cannot move at the start.
But whenever a stage is completed, some machines grab the metal fellow and thereby a new ability gets unlocked. Do not be fooled, though: While the new skills are a help when it comes to making progress, the factory is still a quite dangerous place. Rotating saws, stomping pillars and deadly gears cannot wait to get their hands on our robot-in-the-making to destroy it roughly. Friends of difficult platformers will be excited to hear that the controls are pretty tight, too. This combination of passages that require some good reflexes as well as crispy jumps, lovely pixel art and fitting ambient music make “A_semblance” an amazing jam submission. [PLAY]