MoneySeize (2009)

While commercial games have been getting easier with each new generation, fans of older games lament the absence of real challenge; games that make you haul your keyboard against the wall in frustration. Fortunately the freeware scene has filled that gap, as far as platformers are concerned (RPGs always had the sprawling, if pretty contained, roguelikes scene). Some of these fiendishly difficult platformers come from Matt Thorson.

His latest is MoneySeize, where you have to collect coins in each level to make a tower grow. Some of the later levels can only be assessed if your tower has grown high enough. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you’ve played any of Thorson’s earlier games, you’ll know what to expect. Make one mistake and you’re dead. And there’s plenty of dying, before you get a modicum of success.

While the first few levels are pretty easy, most of the later ones are anything but. I haven’t finished the game and I have no idea if I ever will (not that I had much success with other games by Matt, the only one I managed to beat was Jumper 3). You have to spend a long time until the controls of the game become second nature. Only then you have a chance of getting anywhere. The game can be daunting, but it’s never impossible, even if it looks like. And despite being highly frustrating it’s also highly addictive, making you come back again and again.

YouTube: Level 1-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-34, 35, 36-40, Secret Levels