is a platformer game in the vein of Flashback
or Blackthorne, but with some RPG Elements
. Namely, you level up and can build up a number of skills. But you can learn that much by reading the article.
Iji is a highly unique game. When the game begins, the titular heroine wakes up from a coma to discover that the facility she was visiting was taken over by aliens, and not only that, but she's been pumped full of alien nanotechnology so that she could fight them. Were this a typical game, she would charge screaming into combat, guns blazing, in the tightest clothes she could find. But this is not a typical game, and Iji is not a typical heroine.
Rather, she is an average girl thrust into fantastic circumstances. And like any average person would be in a situation like this one, Iji is terrified. But she does the best she can. How
she does it is up to you.
Like many gamers, my first instinct was to blast my way through each level, and to be fair, this is a perfectly viable strategy. However, Iji does a good job of - with want for a better word - humanizing the enemy, and without giving anything away, after beating this game, I was very much inclined to do a Pacifist Run
The gameplay is very solid, the graphics have a unique aesthetic, and the writing is excellent. On top of that, with several difficulty levels and more hidden stuff then you can stick a shake at, this game will keep you busy for awhile.
If this review doesn't make you want to try the game, then consider this: On our very own forums, the discussion thread for this game has been going on for over five hundred posts. That should tell you how much this game has to it.
And if you've somehow managed to miss this bit, don't forget that the game is free. All you have to lose is time, and if you're browsing this site, you probably have that in spades. So give Iji a try. It's not often you get a product of this quality for free.