Just when you thought you had mastered the art of platforming, a game like Spectrum comes along and mixes in a few mind-bending puzzles to prove there is always more to learn. While it may seem like a simple 2D platformer at first, developer Mido Basim has added some unique mechanics that set the game apart from any run-of-the-mill fodder. Most interestingly is a color-shifting mechanic that adds a puzzle element to the experience, tasking players with switching the protagonist’s body color to match that of the next platform in order to progress.
Spectrum is also a test of supreme patience. There is no attack button and enemies cannot be killed, so the only way to complete each stage is to dodge every obstacle in acrobatic fashion while still making sure colors are matched accordingly to ensure a safe landing. Visually, the game features a beautifully hand-drawn comic art style that depicts a variety of locations. The game is currently available for Windows and Linux at the going rate of $4.99 on Desura, and is looking for votes on Steam Greenlight as well. Additional information can be found on the game’s official website.