So, apparently the idea that video games are art is the topic of some debate, so let me go ahead and make my position on this question completely unequivocal: are video games art? Of course they fucking are. Many of them are bad art, certainly, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll be running into plenty of those over the course of this project, but bad art is still art. And a few of them are, in fact, transcendentally beautiful art, on which note, let’s talk about Head Over Heels.
In Head Over Heels, you play as two characters, Head and Heels, alternating between them at will. Two spies from the planet Freedom, infiltrating the evil Blacktooth Empire, Head and Heels begin the game in the same room, but separated by an impenetrable wall, and the player’s initial goal is to reunite the pair by navigating a series of platforming puzzles. Once this task is completed, the pair may proceed to liberate the four worlds enslaved by Blacktooth, and finally Blacktooth itself, before returning to Freedom to live out their days together as heroes. Read the rest of this entry »