Everything is an unlock in aptly named free platformer Nothing

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I never thought I'd feel grateful to be able to move to the right, but after earning it the hard way in free platformer Nothing, I'll surely appreciate this freedom of movement in the next platform game I play. Created for a recent Ludum Dare in which the theme posited that 'you start with nothing', Nothing takes this to heart: you have to unlock absolutely everything, including the music, and sound effects, and ultimately the ability to move right.

It's a jokey platformer, a few minutes long but with some actually challenging platform moments that play on your inability (for most of the game) to walk to the right. The primary unlocks here are your ability to move left, and to jump, but there are plenty of silly powers to acquire along the way, including elevator muzak, and your own Zelda-style fairy imploring you to 'Hey! Listen!' constantly.

It's a funny parody of Metroidvanias, with their endless cycles of unlocking stuff—how many more times are we going to have unlock the double jump? (Thanks, Alpha Beta Gamer.)

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Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.