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Jottobots: an indie platformer that will brighten up your Saturday

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Saturday feels like a strange day to release a game, but when it's a game as wonderfully strange-looking as Jottobots (opens in new tab) , perhaps that's apt. It's the latest from Kyle Pulver (opens in new tab) of Snapshot and Offspring Fling fame, and this time he's collaborated with artist Jo. Otto Seibold to create a score-chasing platformer with a strikingly lovely art style. Or rather, he did in back 2009 for the ARTxGAME collective (opens in new tab) - he's had the game "sitting around" gathering digital dust since then. But now, today, we'll finally be able to play it, with a single dollar (opens in new tab) being the price of admission.

Admittedly, it isn't available to buy at the time of writing, probably because it's still the middle of the night in the USA. Sitting here in my Hyperbolic Time Chamber (opens in new tab) , I often forget about trivial things like time zones. While we wait for those lazybones to get themselves out of bed, let's all have a look at the Jottobots trailer, which reminds me of a more actiony Cave Story.

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.