"YOU KILLED TESHY!!!!"
I've been playing this since it was frontpaged in 2016, so I think it was unfair that I've never written a review for it, because I love it.
The first time I played it was still the fire level, but I think there's no point in talking about that, because it has been updated since.
It's hard to think of the first thing to talk about, everything is great. But I imagine the first topic should be what first caught my eye: lewd content. I think this may be one of the main things that attract people here (probably it was a lot more during the time of the fire level). Personaly I think it is perfect, it shows up enough to be a main part of the game, but it's not free and cheap as to spoil it. And it's nice, like everything in the game it's well made with good animation, art, voice acting and script. It is there, a bit like a side thing, something that makes losing less anoying. It doesn't get over-saturated and it's so well made that it doesn't feel awkward.
The design of the game is great as well, it is challenging and adictive, reminds me of one of those classic hardcore plataformers like Megamen and Metroid (this game gives me a very strong Megamen feel). I played the fire level and this one, I didn't get to play the snow level because I'm broke and can't support on Patreon, but as far as I've seen the game is at it's best now, and for the look of things, it will get even better. A lot has changed since the fire level and it all made it better (such as HP not regenerating on their own, back in the fire level I needed to fail a lot or be in a very hard part to lose, now it happened more often).
The art is one of the best I've seen in games in general around Newgrounds, every animation is super detailed, some that would not be seen if not paying much atention. Everything simply looks a lot beautiful, it already did in the fire level, but it has improved dramatically. One of the best improvements in my opinion are the different backgrounds at diferent stages, the fire level had mostly the same backgound all along. The new game over scenes are also a very cool thing with great art, the same for the starting cutscene. It is amazing how the game has three different art styles overall, it has either a great team of artists or an amazing single artist.
The music and voice acting is simply amazing, they are my favorite things in this game. The music of the has that Canabalt feel: it's great and keeps the excitement up. But whats is the best is the voice acting, it's great already that the game has it, but its even better that it is so great, a lot of creativity and effort were put into it. It would be a sin to play this muted.
The writing is great, there seems to be an interesting and branching story with several different paths, the characters are well designed and captivating (the voice acting really helps here). The story of the game is interesting and leaves some questions that keep you on the edge of the seat, there is some amazing work put into world building and it gives depth to the tale. But what I like more is how charismatic the characters are, they have their own personalities (even the small characters that you only read about). Talia is very captivating, in this level she is a lot more talkative then in the fire level, and that lets the player get to know her and like her.
It is a great game and I have been keeping an eye on it for a long time, it's geat to see things that people have said in past reviews implemented in the game. Really looking forward to when it gets complete. Keep up the great work.