Stand on a Rubix Cube, and rotate ninety degrees
And where will that get you? Well, somewhere an awful lot like Nudo, a charmingly inventive little platformer imagining how cool it would be if levels worked kind of like Rubik’s Cubes. You may have seen it other places, but this is the first time you’ve seen it here, so it’s got a kind of rubbish novelty. Like finding a scuffed up table at a flea market.
Nudo, unlike a scuffed up table with questionable stains on it, has some really brilliant ideas. Sure, it doesn’t have the aesthetic trappings of a game like Braid or VVVVVV, but the general concept is the same: take one really brilliant idea and slowly add complexity to it, until it is the most brilliant thing you’ve ever seen. Braid had time (and relativity, but that’s another show). V6 had gravity. And Nudo has the humble Rubik’s Cube, the ability to move parts of the level around to make a path to the goal. Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Nowhere near.
It’s a little gem of a game with novel ideas. Nudo is the kind of game that makes you glad you play video games, and you can play it here.