The only way to escape is to paint your way out
Overpainted is a platformer with one unique aspect. You can’t really see the platforms. The entire level is completely dark except for a few pointers scattered across it and you have to figure out where the level is as you move along.
The game functions a bit like That Level Again, another interesting platformer, because you have to keep playing the same level but with minute changes each time. Also, it is almost a copy of the PC game INK, which features the same premise and seems to have inspired Overpainted’s design as well. Overpainted is the story of a white square who is determined to jump into a spiral galaxy like thing suspended in mid-air despite the fact that often there isn’t even a way there.
As your blocky character moves around, it creates a trail of splotchy paint, thus revealing the level bit by bit. There are sharp things in the dark and often you only discover them once your character is splattered all over it. Other flashing squares are the enemies and you have to jump on them to make them paint more of the level up as they disintegrate. The controls are customizable and you can move them around and change the size as per your requirement. However, these controls don’t always work perfectly as you might find when you try to execute a double-jump.
The focus of this game is trial-and- error, especially because you can’t see anything and you might end up going off the edge far too many times for your liking. It is advisable to be cautious and proceed slowly, taking clues about the environment from the few objects you do see. But if you can persist a bit, the game is pretty neat! (if you can call a game with paint blotches everywhere neat).
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.