Persist: A Platformer Where You Have to Earn Your Forgiveness
Is forgiveness given or earned? Persist has no qualms about which side of the debate it falls on–this short platformer by AdventureIslands tells the story of an unknown person setting out to beg forgiveness from a goddess for some past sin…but the goddess has no interest in forgiving him. Your avatar must swim through lakes and leap over lava to reach her, but the closer he draws, the angrier the goddess becomes, removing his limbs and associated abilities. For example, the first thing to go is your arms, which prevents you from swimming. Anger her enough and she has no problems erasing you from existence entirely.
Persist sets itself apart from other platformers with its odd but surprisingly compelling story, combined with incredibly charming pixel art. Although designed with minimalism in mind, the use of color is particularly noteworthy, whether it highlights background details or creates dramatic tension. An incredibly solid effort, Persist is definitely worth the 10 minutes to play.