oOo: Ascension from Kenny Creanor and Extra Mile Studios is one of the more unique indie games I've tested recently and it's rather good. They provided me a copy to test and after putting some time into it, I've really quite enjoyed it.
After chatting to the developer, helping them figure out an issue in the Linux build it has arrived officially today. It's also lovely to see a special mention—very cool and "Enjoy the rage, Linux users!", you devil! It's a strange game, it's equal parts a puzzle as it is a racing game. Each level gives you a new maze, which you race through to find the finish as quickly as you can.
It's a real test of your reflexes at times, with some sections being really quite tricky. Not just because you need to swing yourself around corners but some of them offer up unique challenges like moving walls to crush you. There's 90 levels too, so it will keep you going for quite a while.
Initially, I thought "Hey! I can do this, no problem. Moving walls? Not an issue!" and then it quickly evolves into "Why are there spinning blades? Oh no the walls are closing in and something's chasing me oh hell!" and panic quickly sets in. The challenge certainly does increase as you progress through it. Some of the sections made me really sit at the edge of my seat and give it my absolute focus. The level design is really quite slick and it does look awesome travelling across a sphere.
It has a local multiplayer mode to race with or against people, online leaderboards to see how much you suck and all this wrapped up in a pleasing neon visual style make it great overall. The leaderboards feature was a bit confusing, which the developer cleared up for me. You get to see a leaderboard when you finish each sector (a set of levels), instead of it having a leaderboard for each level which Steam apparently wouldn't allow. If you want to view them outside the game, you can do so here.
For those who don't have people to race against, when you go back to previous levels you get to race against your own ghost, so there's quite a bit on offer. It works perfectly with the Steam Controller too, so another tick for it.
Find it on Steam.