Love is a 2D platformer developed and published by American indie developer Fred Wood. It was originally released in May 2008, exclusively to the game’s website, but was later released as an enhanced version entitled Love+ on February 7, 2014 to Early Access, with its final release being on February 14, 2014. For the game’s fifth anniversary, it was released on Nintendo Switch on February 14, 2019.
The game is a challenging platformer with a retro aesthetic. The player character (known as fiveEight, as revealed in kuso) runs through several linear levels. They possess three abilities: jumping, moving left and right, and leaving a checkpoint behind at the push of a button. The player has 100 lives to play through 20 levels, in which the goal is to reach the end point in each to progress to the next.
Love is known for its difficult gameplay and its unique checkpoint system. The checkpoint system allows the player to leave a checkpoint at any location at any point, as long as they are on solid ground. This can be used to great effect to skip difficult sections of the game or to experiment with different strategies.
The game also features a level editor, which allows players to create their own levels. This has led to a thriving community of Love level creators, who have created thousands of levels for the game.
Love has received positive reviews from critics, who have praised its challenging gameplay, unique checkpoint system, and level editor. The game has been compared to classic platformers such as Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man.
If you are looking for a challenging platformer with a retro aesthetic, then Love is a great choice. The game is difficult but fair, and the level editor allows you to create your own levels to challenge yourself further.