Reviews: The Floor Is Jelly

Fantastic indie platformer set in a sproingy and jiggly world

The Floor is Jelly is a truly inspired game. Made by Ian Snyder in a span of two years, this Platform Game sees you jumping through various different areas of the game world, each divided into separate rooms. The main gimmick here, of course, is the jelly physics. The entire world you explore acts like a massive bouncy castle, with the earth fluidly wobbling and jiggling as you jump around, and you can even bounce off of floors like a trampoline. There is no story, no dialogue, and no tutorials, leaving you to your own devices to explore this world.

After going through the opening area, which is designed to get you accustomed with the jelly physics, you come across an underground Hub Level leading to three more areas, and clearing them unlocks three more areas. Some areas have gimmicks of their own; for example, two areas have water that reverses your gravity while submerged, while another area has you trying to let rain pour onto plants to grow them and open the way while at the same time keeping catflowers out of the rain. A winter themed area has a gimmick that's very difficult to explain in words, but have the most challenging rooms in the game. Clearing every area unlocks the final two mind blowing areas that I will not spoil here.

There's no enemies or time limits, but there's plenty of Bottomless Pits and Spikes Of Doom to trip you up along the way, but the worst they do is send you back to the entrance of the room or a certain checkpoint within the room. Fortunately, there's no having to worry about running out of lives either.

And in various places, are secret rooms hidden out of the way and are often tricky to reach. These rooms, of which there are 31 in total, each feature a house with a computer that can be used, and although each has the same functions, one of these functions serves a mysterious purpose that only unlocks once all 31 are found.

The aesthetics are amazing, with background objects swaying about as the ground wobbles, and there's music written by Disasterpeace, who also did the Fez soundtrack.

Unfortunately, there are a few Game Breaking Bugs, such as getting stuck inside the ground, but thankfully the game autosaves and you'll only lose maybe half a minute of progress.

The Floor is Jelly is a phenomenal experience, and I highly recommend you try it if you have the time.