The name of the game is both unpronounceable and has no unicode characters to represent it- and that alone should tell you what you are in for. People have been calling it “four letter word”, and you may let out a few four letter words of your own if you devote the time to try to play it- and you should. This bizarre, elliptical, and slightly frightening game by Terry Cavanagh (VVVVV) immediately sent me back to childhood trauma induced by Atari 2600 titles so minimal that they were abstract. The square wave ‘roar’ of the dragons in adventure were bowel-rattlingly scary when I was 8, and to this day I have no idea what was going on in the SwordQuest games.
Four letter word seems like almost a total throwaway in the first few screens, but if you stick with it you’ll find games within games, and bizarre secrets that are refreshing in this day and age of impeccably rendered, extra-slow tutorial walkthroughs that teach players each step of wiping their own asses.
If you have any kids in your family whining for the latest shaven-headed army-man video game, I recommend you put them at the bottom of a dark well and force them to ‘beat’ this game before they are allowed to rejoin the family.