It’s the return of Bubsy
Except it isn’t.
Mock 1998 web design done (mostly) right.
Both this game and the site that’s hosting it bear Arcane Kids’ signature pixel-hewn style. AK’s games deconstruct childhood motifs and virtual environments, then expand their components into not-quite-parodic, but self-aware worlds in what they call a “maximalist” style similar to the game Symbol I wrote about before. It seems to poke fun at pretentious subcultures but is itself a member of what some deem a pretentious subculture, and thus pokes fun at itself. It suggests that what the childhood we hold in such mist-laden, whimsical regard is at the same time melancholic, and that embedded in these games there is a loss of innocence that was never quite there to begin with. Such an aesthetic resembles the Outsider art endemic to the Southern California surfer/skater culture that I grew up around. Maybe it means more to me for this reason. That and I saw that Turrell exhibit last summer and I thought that part was pretty amusing.
So yeah, go play it.