If you’ve never traversed the strange land of free and pay-what-you-want games on itch.io, then you likely don’t have even an inkling of the level of strangeness that can be transmitted through the gaming medium. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are some awful, hideous games there. But that’s the price you pay to have unfettered access to the fringe of gaming’s outside artists and their works.
This week’s gem I unearthed from the rubble is Mibibli’s Quest, a throwback to the 8-bit platformer days of such NES masterpieces as Mega Man and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (hey, it’s a good game!). But developer Ryan Melmoth isn’t a normal—and thus nothing he makes is normal—to all of our benefit. So Mibibli’s Quest instead came out like if David Lynch directed an early Capcom game, with boss fights that end because the bad guy got bored, characters who make sure to let you know they peed themselves, the slowest elevator scene in the world, and a rave level that may be the only mixure of platforming and rhythm game that exists. It’s all very subtle and naturally inconsistent though, so you never get the feeling that the developer is trying too hard to be weird. The man just is.
So I took a little video of my time with MQ and you can view it below. Make sure to check out Ryan’s website GamesForWeirdPeople to see more of his works. And you can get Mibibli’s Quest on itch.io here by naming your price.