A game that would be at home in an arcade cabinet beside Robotron, FORGET-ME-NOT
is a classic-style, that is to say, neon-filled, randomness-laden, bone-hard 2D maze/shooting game, with cute characters and retro effects, inspired by the Commodore game Crossroads II
and Pac-Man CE. Collect all the FLOWERS in each random, single-screen level to make the EXIT appear. Then, get the KEY and take it there to move to the next level.
The only controls are the arrow keys (or screen swipes in the iOS version). Face down a large variety of randomly-generated enemy types, and get as far as you can! You automatically shoot in front of you, but beware: your shots can wrap-around, and if they hit you they hurt! They key to playing well is grinding
: push into a wall as you sail past it to build up a charge. Charge up enough and you start glowing; while glowing, you instantly kill any enemies you touch, but if you charge to much you blow up.
. Not free: iOS
It gets hard fast, but there is a lot of skill to it! It is my kind of game; maybe it is your kind of game too? I've played this game a lot on iOS and have gotten pretty good at it. I decided to make a post when I discovered computer versions are free.
This is not a simple, coached experience with a tutorial, a simple difficulty progression and an ending. You learn to play this game by dying, and you'll die a lot, but you can start over quickly. A good player can usually get to level 10 or so, but it's possible to have a run of good luck and get there even when you're new. Even great players tend to die before too long, and it takes rather a bit of practice to get good at it. You can even play it two-players co-op or competitive!
Keys in computer versions:
P1: Cursor keys: Move. Enter: Start/Join/Enter
P2: WASD: Move. Tab: Start/Join/Enter
O - Options (Use to set to Full Screen, you'll enjoy it a lot more. You can activate joystick controls here too! Doesn't work on OSX though.)
P - Pause
Esc - Quit
Here is some help:
- ABG: Always Be Grinding. Only stop once you start glowing red. It's fun to do, you move a lot faster when doing it, and will make the game much easier.
- When a level begins, look for straight stretches that go all the way across the board vertically or horizontally. Be careful clearing those zones, as these are the places where you can get killed by your own shots wrapping around. Save clearing these areas for when you get the key; while you drag it behind you, it blocks your shots approaching form the back.
- Don't forget, it's not just your shots that can wrap around. Often you have to wrap around the screen to progress.
- The game follows what I call the "Crystal Castles" rule: all the flowers have to be cleared to advance, but it doesn't matter if you or enemies collect them, or if they get destroyed for that matter. Lots of things destroy flowers, so this makes the game much easier.
- If you take too long on a level the screen will go dark and the ghost will come out after you. This is a bad thing, so keep working on clearing the board.
- There are lots and lots of enemies, too many to list here, and each has its special behaviors. Focus on learning what these are, it'll help out a lot. Especially beware of exploding bombs!
- When you pick up lots of flowers in a single stretch (with no gaps between them) you get more points. It might seem like a good strategy at first to focus on this, but those points pale beside what you get collecting fruit....
- When an enemy is killed, it leaves behind fruit. If you collect a lot of fruit without leaving more than a second between each one, you get more and more points. This can get quite valuable, especially when you're running invincible through multiplying enemies, which reproduce as fast as you kill them! Fruit doesn't last long, so get it quick.
- Every so many fruits that are generated, there will be a Green Potion. These refill all your health, and are your best friends. There are also Red Potions, which make your shots stronger, but this can be a mixed blessing in wrap-around areas.
- Collect a lot of fruits and you'll earn an extra life. Each successive extra life takes more fruit than the last; it is very rare to get more than three extra lives in a game, and most people are lucky to get more than one.
- The further you go, the weirder the enemies get. Look out for key thieves (they chirp happily when they take the key!), enemies that leave blocking walls you have to shoot through, multiplying enemies, enemy shooters, fireball-throwing wizards, rushing blocks, and lots of other opponents.
- The iOS version has several extra game modes, but the computer versions are still a lot of fun!