Aaru’s Awakening is a beautifully stylized game with some interesting ideas that are clearly designed to challenge hardcore platforming fans. However, it’s lack of accessible controls or incentive for laboring through arduous stages, combined with the sloppy presentation of its story suggests that Aaru woke up a little prematurely.
Lumenox states on Aaru’s Awakening‘s Steam Store page that it’s “a hand-drawn, fast-paced 2D action platformer.” The issue here is that there isn’t a whole lot of action to speak of, outside of the occasional enemy elimination through warping, and its trial-and-error nature causes it to be anything but fast paced.
Yet Aaru's Awakening hints at fun. You fire your teleport orb past a beam of scorching light, teleport again by angling your orb into a thin, winding passage, and an arcing ramp flings you into the sky. What a rush this moment is--a rush then halted when you land in the pool of lava that didn't appear until you were six inches above it.