Mushroom 11 is a maddening, difficult, beautiful and smart bit of puzzle platforming. Each level is a series of set-pieces in a hauntingly ruined world, growing off the remains of humanity but far from dead. The remnants of civilization have left a toxic stain on the planet, but the life that survives is mostly capable of living in the desolation.
Absorbing every bit of life in the levels is both a challenge that’s hard to resist while also feeling wrong, like you’re aiding the world’s decay, but the endless parade up physics puzzles are too tempting to resist. Whether it’s figuring out how to land on a platform so that, when it starts swinging, you don’t get dumped into the acid below, or guiding a rocket up an angled shaft so it carries you to the plants above, or sacrificing a chunk of mass so that it can get fried carrying electricity from generator to door, Mushroom 11 demands each area be looked at with the lessons learned from previous sections.
The wasteland of the corpse of civilization is not a forgiving place, but with a little care and a huge amount of perseverance, the fungus’ journey may let it see what lies at the conclusion of the unforgettable journey of Mushroom 11.
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