Sep 2nd, 2016

No Man’s Sky has received a lot of flak from gamers and critics alike and deservedly so. While at its core it can be a relaxing experience if you enjoy walking simulators, the game launched so barebones and with many promised features missing that some players have taken to calling the game One Man’s Lie.

If No Man’s Sky put a bad taste in your mouth, we’ve got something that’ll cheer you up. Ludum Dare 36 just wrapped up and a single indie developer came up with a better game in the indie game jam than Sean Murray and his team concocted with nearly 5 years of hype.

No Mario’s Sky Ludum Dare 36 Entry

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The game is a procedurally-generated platformer that uses Animal Crossing’s roller-pin world technique to simulate an infinite universe. When you get tired of stomping goombas and collecting coins on the world you start in, you can blast off into space in search of a new world that’ll feature graphics from different Mario tilesets, like caves, underground, platform worlds, and more.

It’s highly unique and completely free to download and play, so why not give it a try? It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here’s a quick run-down of the controls.

Mario:

Arrow keys – Move
Z – Jump
X – Enter ship (once Toad gives it to you)

Ship:

Arrow keys – Turn your ship
Z – Accelerate ship (hold for longer for boost)
X – Leave Ship
M – Toggle music
Alt-F4 – Quit game
Also contains controller support!