Welcome to this week’s installment of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated, and sometimes hidden gems can fall through the cracks. This is where we do all the digging for you and feature a new F2P game every week that we know you will enjoy. Let’s dive in!
The beauty of 2D platformers is that through special mechanics and atmosphere titles can set themselves apart from the rest. This is true for Goodnight, Lily. Developer Something Edgy released their otherworldly side-scroller in August 2020 on PC through Steam. Players guide Lily through the nightmares that have become her very reality. This is done by moving Lily throughout the world and jumping from platform to platform. The game really shines (no pun intended) when it comes to the lantern mechanic.
Similar to Way To Yaarta, Lily’s lantern is needed to progress through the level. Having it turned on while in the dark keeps Lily’s dream monsters away. If the light ever goes out for too long they will snatch her up. The lantern can also be used to burn away spiderwebs and open and close floating squid creatures among other things. Throughout Goodnight, Lily players will find small light plants where they can refuel the lantern before moving on. The game focuses on balancing how much time you are using your lantern in order to never get lost in the dark.
Why You Should Play
2D side-scrolling platformers can be relaxing or stressful gaming experiences. A great development team is able to find that balance without coming across as too boring. Goodnight, Lily hits nearly every “must-have” I need in my platformers. The levels are fun and have a good balance between dodging enemies, jumping from platform to platform and using my special lantern ability. The lantern ability alone makes this game worth playing.
Having to find the happy balance between when I need to use the lantern and when I should be conserving fuel was a much-welcomed stressor. It helped add a level of tension to the game, making my playthrough a bit of a challenge. The atmosphere itself adds another level of depth to Goodnight, Lily. The world is stunning and I was excited to spend time exploring. It truly made me feel like I was navigating through Lily’s nightmares and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.
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