Dere Evil Exe is a game that wants to make you hurt, but it also wants to make you smile. Often at the same time.
It’s also a bit of a smarty pants show off, busting through the fourth wall at will and liberally scattering gaming references over everything.
It makes for a bizarre, frustrating, sinister, and faintly exhausting experience. In other words, it left me with mixed feelings.
Despite its oddball nature, Dere Evil Exe is surprisingly easy to describe: Super Meat Boy meets Portal just about covers it.
The game’s hardcore and slightly grisly pixel-art platforming made me think of the former game, although the levels scroll along like Mario – if Mario had ingested the wrong kind of mushroom – and work in puzzle elements.