Mark Plays ‘Eversion’

Oh shit, HELLO EVERYONE. It’s been a while since I even logged in to my Mark Plays WordPress dashboard. It’s like a distant cousin I have ignored for too long. But I’m back (somewhat) with a game that fuckin’ messed with me, man. Like, shit, this game made my head hurt. LET’S DO IT!

So, taking a break from Mark Plays hasn’t been a bad thing. I haven’t played much of anything at all since I put this site on the back burner. Understandably so! I’ve had a lot of commissions to do, and then I kind of went on a month-long tour of the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. SO THERE’S THAT.

Aside from commissions, I don’t imagine this site will ever come back full time. If this was the only site I was running, I’d be able to pull it off. But back when I made this site on a whim due to that Tumblr ask, I never once thought, “HEY, MARK, THIS MIGHT BE REALLY HARD TO DO.” It was! Logistically, playing games and recording the process and reviewing it is a unique experience, one that deserves a whole lot more care and time than I was able to give at the time.

That being said, I really, really want to play more video games. I have the Mass Effect trilogy sitting on my shelf, and my roommate just bought Borderlands 2. They’re teasing me, just sitting there! So, I think you’ll see more sporadic, non-commission posts on Mark Plays. I’d like to treat this site more like an impersonal diary, because I love video games, and doing Mark Plays last year really made me love talking about them. I’d like to chronicle my journey through both of those games, and I figure it would be fun for all of you, too!

Anyway, for the time being, I’ve got a game commissioned by Moiz that I’d like to talk about because THIS WAS LITERALLY THE LEAST PREPARED I HAVE BEEN FOR A VIDEO GAME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. 

Because one of these videos is longer than 15 minutes and YouTube hates me, both of the files for this commission are in my Dropbox folder!

Part 1
Part 2

Now, I know it goes without saying that I generally talk about spoilers, but let me warn you now: THIS IS A SPOILER-FILLED REVIEW. If you have not played this game and it sounds remotely interesting to you, STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GO PLAY IT. It’s on Steam for just $5! (The free version appears to be broken, unfortunately.) This game is best played unspoiled, especially the ending, so please go play it if you think you’ll like it. Spoiler: YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT.

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All Moiz told me about this game was that it was a “platformer similar to Mario Bros.” Which is very accurate. The first level is basically an adorable and shortened version of Mario Bros. THAT’S HOW THIS GAME SUCKS YOU IN, AND THEN IT DESTROYS YOU.

I think the main character is a maple leaf? IDK. I like to imagine he travels through this fucked up world with his sense of Canadian pride or something. But for the first couple levels, this is the same as those old side-scrolling games from the 80s and early 90s. You jump on bad guys, hope over caverns, collect gems. Some of those gems seemed really hard to get, and then there are all these weird cloud platforms that you can’t jump on and it made me really mad? How the fuck are you supposed to get those gems?

And then I discovered the portal.

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At certain spots in certain levels, if you press the Space bar, you’ll see a charcoal-colored circle blink. If you stand it in, the background changes, like it did in the screenshot above. Not only that, but the physical make-up of the world is altered. Suddenly, the clouds are solid! Some of the enemy forces turn to stone! Oh my god, PARALLEL WORLDS IN A SIDESCROLLING PLATFORMER!!! I am so into this, I AM SO INTO THIS!

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MAN LOOK AT THIS. IT’S GREAT. Except it’s not because around World 4, this becomes a fucking nightmare. Design-wise, it’s absolutely gorgeous, but then these GODDAMN HUGE RED HANDS come screeching out of all the gaps. You have to avoid them, and it’s the worst. On top of that, the game stops telling you where the portals are so you can change the world. By the end of the game, there are seven different parallel worlds, and each one provides a different alteration of the physical world, so you’ve got to keep track of which world does which thing.

By the way, good fucking luck with the level in the above screenshot. It took me 15 minutes to find the portal, and even when I did, the terror presented after this added another ten minutes to my completion time of world 5. The best part? Moiz totally told me that this game would take about a half an hour. Which I’m sure it does FOR ANY NORMAL VIDEO GAME PLAYER. I get easily frustrated and make bad decisions, which is entertaining for everyone who isn’t me. This game took me TWO HOURS TO BEAT. Also, it was worth every second of it.

See, that’s because then this happens:

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what the

WHAT

WHAT THE FUCK!!!!

A wave of literal blood begins to pour forth from the left side of the screen, and now you don’t have an unlimited time to figure out the puzzle before you. You have five seconds at best to navigate what’s ahead of you, which at times gets so complex that the only way to solve it is to memorize exactly where you need to go.

Oh my god, it’s so fucking hard. Which is why it’s great when you finally reach the princess!

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I DID IT! OH MY GOD, I DID IT! I FOUND MY PRINCESS!

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But… but… what? What the hell just happened to her????

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OH MY FUCKING GOD, DID SHE JUST… DID THAT JUST HAPPEN???

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Eversion. Holy shit, you tricked me into rescuing the princess, who was some LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR THE WHOLE TIME.

A+, y’all. What a fantastic game.

Mark Links Stuff

– I have been nominated for a Hugo in the Fan Writer category! If you’d like more information or to direct friends/family to vote for me, I have a very informational post about what I do that you can pass along and link folks to!
I have announced what the next books I am reading on Mark Reads will be, as well as updated y’all on the events, cons, tour dates, GOING TO EUROPE OH MY GOD, and general shenaniganry going on in my life. I have a similar post up on Mark Watches, detailing the next two shows I’m doing as well as the return of Double Features, and I finally explain what happened with my Vimeo account. Check these posts out!
– If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am doing a live reading/Mark Does Stuff event at Borderlands Books on April 21st at 5pm. Come on out! I’ll have copies of my latest book to purchase and sign.
– Mark Reads Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is now published and available for purchase! It’s available in ebook AND physical book format, and you can also get a discount for buying the ENTIRE SET of digital books: $25 for 7 BOOKS!!!
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9 Responses to Mark Plays ‘Eversion’

  1. then these GODDAMN HUGE RED HANDS come screeching out of all the gaps. You have to avoid them, and it’s the worst
    AAAARGH I HATED THOSE FUCKERS.

    I'm glad someone commissioned this game! It freaked me the fuck out. I loved the different "Game over" messages (BEHIND YOU).

    If you collect all the gems, you get a special ending (and, I think, a special level?). Nccneragyl lbh OBGU orpbzr Ybirpensgvna zbafgref naq yvir rivyyl rire nsgre.

    • xyliane27 says:

      READY! TO DIE!

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      Steam's also supposed to have a unique ending separate from the free version.

  2. xyliane27 says:

    Oh, Eversion. How do I love you, Eversion.

    I had the free version installed on my PC a few years ago. A cute, adorable game starring a flower Mario with a twist, right? HA. HAHA. The first time I saw one of those freaking hands, I almost dropped my computer. Gorram things scared the crap out of me. The constantly shifting music does not help either–especially since it's just the slowed-down version of the original as the original world gets more and more menacing. And then the black cloud of doom comes and eats everything…

    It's fantastic that the game doesn't really tell you anything other than "jump!" and "evert!" Because no one can be prepared for it, even if you're told "cute-looking game with diabolical dark side. The Steam version looks like it's been overhauled too, with better backgrounds at least.

    By the by–if you get a chance, you should go back and try to collect all of the gems in the game. You get a bonus level! Abguvat yvxr n zbafgre ybir fgbel gb raq n ybiryl greevslvat tnzr!

  3. Kyra says:

    I have such a weird love/hate relationship with this game. On the one hand I LOVE the premise…but on the other hand I'm REALLY BAD AT IT. Mostly that's just because I only got into gaming fairly recently, so my platforming skills are extremely mediocre at best, but I can't do much Eversion in one sitting without getting so frustrated I want to put my first through the screen. Which…tends to be true of lots of games when I don't want to use a walkthrough, tbh. I love games but I'm not a very good gamer. >_<

    Oh, also, anyone who's finished this game or otherwise been spoiled should read its Wild Mass Guessing page on TVTropes. Lots of really fascinating ideas and interpretations there.

  4. YOU WERE NOT FREAKING PREPEARED! When I requested this game I knew you were going to love it. I never really lied when I said that this game was similliar to Mario bros and in fact that that's the mentallity that you should have when you play the game. And then the hands show up. HOLY CRAP! And as xyliane27 metioned there is a bonus level in the game if you collect all the gems. And the steam version also have something extra.

  5. BradSmith5 says:

    Whoa, that game sounds awesome. And Borderlands 2! C'mon man. The world needs to see your full experience with that game. All you gotta do is shut down your other sites for a couple months. I think that your fans will understand. CLAPTRAP! He's waiting! ;)

  6. This game has been sitting on my PC for months, and now I finally played it!

    It was…okay?

    When I first discovered the, uh, portals? I was a little disappointed. The dark world/light world gimmick has been done to death. But the multiple levels of darker and darker nonsense, leading into full Lovecraftian territory, was definitely a nice surprise.

    What wasn't nice, though, was a couple things. First of all, there's no greater sin of game design than an auto scrolling stage. I don't even give Mario a pass on that. Fuck your autoscrolling stages, Eversion. All of my hate.

    Second, while it's a great idea in theory, complex puzzles involving going back and forth between 7 different parallel worlds became mostly super obnoxious backtracking in the final stage. DL:SKFj

    I also managed to get all 240 gems, but I don't know what that does? Someone in another comment says that gives you another level and a different ending, but I didn't get either of those things. I got the same ending as Mark, and no further levels.

    I suppose I should specify I'm playing the free version, not the prettier(?) Steam version. Is that what Mark meant when he said the free version was broken? 'Cause it otherwise played fine, if you don't mind the kinda floaty physics (which I did, but it wasn't too bad). Iunno…

    Maybe there'd have been a somehow worse ending if I hadn't tortured myself for all the gems in world 7, Iunno.

    As for further Mark Plays, I spent the last couple months playing through the Mass Effect Trilogy (originally intending to play along with a Mark's reviews, BUT OH WELL) and I'm currently sitting 2 missions from the end of 3 ('cause I can't finish without doing the DLCs first, but I don't have money to buy the DLC and now I'm just staring at the box longingly filled with anguish) and there was about a billions points in the game where I was all 'OH MAN MARK WOULD REACT IN SUCH AND SUCH WAY AFTER THAT SCENE' and if he gets back to it I WILL BE SUPER PLEASED! (And maybe it'd be an excuse to do a second playthrough? Maybe a erartnqr eha? I'd like to, but I find it very difficult to be checbfrshyyl pehry gb svpgvbany punenpgref.)

  7. sporkaganza93 says:

    Hey, the Dropbox files don't work anymore, the links are broken…

  8. caramenghilankansingkayodiperut says:

    waht do you man

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