Elliot Quest is a retro-styled platform adventure game in which you take on the role of young Elliot, a hero suffering from a curse which will turn him into a demon. As you travel through the various levels of the game, Elliot will gain new weapons and abilities that allow him not only to defeat tougher enemies but to access areas he couldn't previously get to.
An homage to classics, not a copy
Elliot Quest doesn't stray far from its classic console platformer roots. If you've played other Metroidvania-style games, you won't have a lot to learn about the game, at least not to begin with. As new abilities become available, however, the game gets more complex and interesting. Levelling up also gives you an incentive to be cautious: although save checkpoints are frequent, dying costs you some of your hard-earned experience points. Between levels, you'll wander through a top-down island overworld; it's a little bit like Zelda II if Zelda II's side-scrolling levels were actually fun. The story is presented through Elliot's cryptic internal monologue and equally cryptic interactions with NPCs, which gives it an air of weirdness and mystery you don't usually associate with cute retro games -- unless you played Rygar, that is.
Begin your quest
If you like the platform/RPG genre, check out Elliot Quest; it's a fun and interesting example of a new take on some classic concepts.