What separates Celeste from masochistic games like The End Is Nigh is that it’s not bleak or unyielding.
Much like an actual modern-day factory, Splash Team’s Splasher abides by an assembly-line philosophy.
Both Klaus and the game are clones in search of higher sentience, and they both get there in the end.
Thanks to the sheer volume of options present here, Battleblock Theater never runs short on imagination or charm.
It isn’t fun, and without the personality, narrative, and sense of humor of something like Super Meat Boy, the game quickly becomes a chore.
It draws from the chillingly descriptive minds of authors as diverse as Kobayahi Issa, Neal Stephenson, and the twisted H.P. Lovecraft.
With the exception of some savage, keyboard-crushing levels late in the game, it’s a blast to play.
World Gone Sour is much better than any junk-food product crossover has any right to be.