So, I'm 2 hours in. 46 deaths. Got the shortcuts to world 3. And I'm having such a hard time evaluating this game. I guess this is just an impressions thread.
First thing I noticed is that this is really more Spelunky. Which is good because I have 1,000+ hours in that game. Its best quality is that it feels like I'm playing Spelunky again for the first time (just with more familiarity with the mechanics and items).
But I kicked my daily addicition and now play that game every month or two. So I'm really worried about longevity. I'm doing my best to avoid looking anything up as the exploration and discovery is a huge part of the game. I'm finding that after getting a hang of the first few areas, it's entirely possible to breeze through them like the original ones.
I quickly came to realize that the music isn't hooking me, so the game might not hook me as much. One of the reasons I can always go back to Sonic and Mario is the dope music. But I'm finding that there's only one song per area? That's been the single biggest drawback so far. I was kinda tired of the first level theme after an hour (luckily, I got that first shortcut).
The new mechanics fit in great, and the new enemy designs seem pretty well thought out (but why do some take 3 hits??). The art was kind of off-putting at first, but I feel like this new style has a bit more personality. Some of the enemies seem kind of angry now instead of cute, especially the snakes and monkeys. It's nuts.
I'm just rambling, but where are you at? I'm looking forward to looking up some secrets once I finish the game for the first time.