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Marvin's Mittens is a charming 2D Platform Game, with light Metroidvania elements but absolutely no enemies in it. It was released for PC in 2014 by Breakfall, and is available on Steam.

A little boy called Martin is playing in the snow when suddenly one of his mittens is stolen. He soon finds a camp of elves who have had their mittens stolen too.

When Martin declares he's going to get all their mittens back the elves grant him the power to float.


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Marvin's Mittens provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Averted. Marvin's left Mitten is stolen and his left hand is always the mittenless one, no matter which direction he faces.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Marvin has to come home before the sun goes down. I keeps the game's pace slow as intended.
  • Door to Before: With the help of the miner elf Marvin can access shortcuts to earlier areas. All of which form a perfect line for his toboggan to sail through.
  • First Person Snapshooter: A variation. Marvin can make sketches of any animals he comes across with eleven to track down.
  • Free-Range Children: Marvin can go spelunking and climb over a broken railway bridge on his own as long as he's back before sunset.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The collectible snowflakes actually serve an important purpose, powering up his double jump to the levels of flight.
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  • Jump Physics: Marvin starts off jumping his own height but with the power granted by the elves he can soar int the clouds with his double jump.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The Mitten Thief is a fluffy creature about the size of a Fox with reindeer antlers.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Turns out the Mitten Thief was stealing mittens so it's babies could sleep in them and stay warm. Marvin returns the two mittens he retrieves upon finding this.
  • The Voice: Marvin's Mom calls him home at the end of each day and hums him a lullaby but doesn't appear outside of her shadow in the doorway.


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