Ideally this game would be played on a lazy Saturday morning: slightly after you gorge yourself on delicious, nutritiously-void cereal, but right before you properly wake up. Unlike the multicolored breakfasts of your youth there isn't a trinket at the bottom -- it's cheesy as hell to say this, but the prize is the game itself. The game evokes memories of simpler times without being condescending or awkwardly nostalgic. It's just fun; lighthearted, kinda messy, delightfully juvenile, fun.
The first thing you'll most likely notice are the purdy graphics. Developer Jason "Jajitsu" Boyer makes some extremely, extremely, pretty pixel art. His sprites ooze personality and charm, reminding you of 16-bit's best but retaining enough quirk to be distinctive. The game begins as unimposingly as possible in a small facsimile of a village. The banter between you, the octopod on your head (long story (not really)), and the townsfolk is pleasant enough -- and smirk-worthy to boot. It breaks the fourth wall fairly often, but unlike Space Funeral's absurdist deconstructionism it does so in a playful Looney Tunes fashion. The writing might give even the most jaded amongst us a chuckle here and there, but if you're young (or young at heart) you'll be smiling most of the way through.
In one of the first few houses there's a piano-playing cat that perpetually hammers out a little ditty. I'm in that house, right now as I type, using that tiny song as background music for writing. If that isn't an advertisement for the soundtrack, I don't know what is.
I've held out on the negatives so far because I like this so much, but it has to be said. Frankly, the gameplay is nondescript -- it's by no means broken, but it also doesn't sport particularly brilliant level or enemy design. To further my Saturday morning cartoon analogy your kinesthetic actions are like the plotlines of a toon you aren't too embarrassed to like: it's serviceable, but could be handled with a lot more tact. To continue my food analogy (personal note: don't write on an empty stomach) it's just too vanilla compared to the rest of the package. Mark my words, though, this guy is going to make a masterpiece some day. When he does, it will be glorious. In the meantime, snack on this tasty videogame junkfood.