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BrowserThe A.V. Club
Quietus, a moody effort from 17-year-old developer Time, is a pinch of Pitfall, two tablespoons of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and a generous spoonful of Jhonen Vasquez. You play a suicide who regrets the rash decision to hang himself and is offered a challenge by the grim reaper: Run through hell's obstacle course, and win a second chance at life and happiness. As a game where you lead a sprite across perilous jumps, over lava pits and the mouths of beasties, and out of the way of swinging spikes, it's familiar but pleasing stuff. TimeBlog has made some cruelly devious stages where your frequent deaths are caused by your skill (or lack thereof) and not the inadequacy of the level design, physics, or controls. When coupled with a badass orchestral rock theme and sprites that ride the line between adorable, silly, and creepy, the play sings…