Persist relies on the most minimal of color schemes, minimal platforming- which gets more difficult as you progress because you lose skills with each new level- and a very minimal story that far exceeds the Ludum Dare theme.
As the game's Post Mortem says:
Persist is a tale of small spirit trying to reach a mysterious goddess to seek for forgiveness for his past sins, so he can move on to higher plane of existence. Unfortunately, the goddess isn’t feeling very helpful, and the further you travel in her sanctuary, the more sacrifices she demands from you in form of your limbs. Lose your arms, and you can no longer swim. Lose your legs, and you can no longer jump. As you trek deeper into the dungeon, you lose your skills one by one, making your quest more and more dangerous.
Can you reach salvation? Or are you doomed to lose all hope, and your whole existence, in the deep and dark sanctuary?The controls are, for the most part, very good. The exception being that occasionally you'll begin a level with the character running to the left for no apparent reason, and the only way to thwart it is to die. A tiny problem to deal with as the game can be beaten in 10-20 minutes.
For such a minimalist game, Persist: A Tale of Redemption makes a huge impact. What really sells this is the story, which takes a dramatic turn in the end that holds a massive impact for the small spirit's goal. It was a brilliant handling of implications in the tale are not like many other games that have to spell out the story. Here you get little bits and pieces that hint to what is happening before the big reveal, and that makes all the difference. Persist has a beautifully bittersweet ending that it makes the journey so much greater than it may have otherwise been. If you haven't had the pleasure of playing it, I'd recommend giving it the very short time it takes to beat, as you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed on Android via Google Play [ Persist ]