Play The End
August 13, 2011 12:07 PM   Subscribe

The End is a charming flash platformer geared towards young adults which integrates strategy, puzzles and philosophical questions into a world that explores a range of views about mortality.
posted by carsonb (12 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
It feels like gaming is inching toward something... and maybe this one nudges it along. I have to say my favorite games these days are the one that are reaching... they may not get all the way there but for now, I'm happy knowing there's designers out there who are paying attention to milestones like Braid.
posted by victors at 12:31 PM on August 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

...geared towards young adults...

Is there a specific age range which is allowed to play this game, or can anyone actually check it out?
posted by hippybear at 12:41 PM on August 13, 2011

Anyone can play. It just engages the intellect on a generally young-adult level. If you're well-versed in various ways different cultures understand and deal with mortality it'll seem very simplistic to you. If, like me, you've entertained a passing interest but invested no real scrutiny in such matters, it can provide some insight. The intent is to be informative and engaging for young adults though, caveat emptor.

Past all that, the gameplay is smooth and the shadow/light function is fun.
posted by carsonb at 12:45 PM on August 13, 2011

That weird vacuum cleaner turned off and on for a second sound is super annoying though.
posted by winna at 1:19 PM on August 13, 2011

Interesting game. Original. Reaching towards something, as victors said.
posted by midnightscout at 1:47 PM on August 13, 2011

winna, if you save, leave the game, and come back, that sound will go away. It was almost a dealbreaker for me, too.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 2:10 PM on August 13, 2011

In order to save the game, you have to give them your facebook account or email address. I cannot play this game.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 2:26 PM on August 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I didn't hook in with my FB or email or wevs either. It'll save your game via cookie automatically though, so you can go back and resume at the spot you left off on the same computer.
posted by carsonb at 2:35 PM on August 13, 2011

You can make up a fake email address and get saves that way.
posted by winna at 3:55 PM on August 13, 2011

Or just click the incredibly tiny "skip this step" button on the facebook/email harvest screen.
posted by arto at 5:07 PM on August 13, 2011

Am I just incompetent, or does the third level in each of the three guardian platformer levels get insanely hard?

I can't figure out how to beat them, so I went into the questions and answered them all that way.
posted by winna at 5:25 PM on August 13, 2011

For a second, I thought it was *really* clever, and that it would be over once the fireball hit. Like, you go through your character creation and everything... Then run across one level and the game is over.
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