Ittle Dew aims to out-Zelda The Binding of Isaac, is out now

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Around Christmastime, before any thought of extended time in front of the monitor had been drowned in cranberry sauce, editor Tim asked the PCGamesN senate to recommend a Zelda-like PC game. After wondering aloud what on Earth was wrong with real Zelda (“I refuse to play a non-HD game in 2012”), the assembled representatives eventually plumped for Darksiders, for want of anything else in existence.

I don’t think Ittle Dew is exactly what Tim had in mind – it’s in the wrong perspective, for starters – but it’s certainly that thing we couldn’t quite think of a few months ago: a Zelda-like PC game.

Swedish indie outfit Ludosity have put together a lovely-looking 2D action adventure game and released it via their site for $13.99, alongside the promise of PC, Mac and Linux Steam keys later in the month.

Ittle Dew’s influences are obviously drawn from outside our halls: its doors are the kind opened by fiendish block-moving puzzles rather than primary-coloured key cards, the player is accompanied by a flying fox at all times, and there’s a Wii U release slated for later in the year.

But here it is, rudely waggling a sense of humour more at home on Steam than Nintendo’s prudish eShop:

The sound design alone is something to behold, or to behear, I suppose. What do you make of its reverential swooshes and clangs?

Thanks, Eurogamer.