If you were the kid who grew up on Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, or just platformers in general, then you are going to love this game. BattleBlock Theater was created by the genius's at Behemoth Studious, the makers of Summer of Arcade game Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid.
The story begins when Mr. Hatty Hattington and all of his friends are aboard the S.S. Friendship (see what they did there) crashed on the shore of a mysterious island after a severe storm. Quickly, all of the friends are kidnapped, including the much beloved Hatty, and you race towards the mysterious theater (do you see where this is going). You discovered that your friends were all kidnapped by huge, yet very cuddly, cats and they force an evil appearing glowing red hat onto Hatty himself (despite what you may think, Hatty did not wear a hat). You were then knocked out and imprisoned.
Now with a fully enslaved staff, the Theater is up and running once again for the amusement of the island's cat residence. You must now work your way through the 8 scenes to finally reach Hatty and try and save all of your friends.
Gameplay is on par with any other platformer, but has the difficulty of Super Meat Boy later on thanks to various traps and enemies hindering your progress. You must venture though the block filled theater sets (understand the title now) and reach the level's finale to progress. Each chapter has 9 levels, a two part finale, and three timed encore levels (112 levels total). Each level has gems and yarn riddled throughout which are used to finish the level and buy the freedom of your friends (you'll get character head) and buy various weapons by bribing two cat officers with yarn. There are two difficulties: Normal and Insane. There is nothing special about Normal, but Insane is where the challenge is. There are no checkpoints, so if you die you must start from the beginning of the level. Very challenging, yet rewarding
I can truly recommend this game to anyone who has grown up on platformers, enjoyed the self-inflicted pain of Super Meat Boy, or is just a fan of Behemoth Studious. Oh, and this game has both couch and online co-op with some multiplayer modes for more gems and a level builder. The rest of the goodies and facts will have to be discovered on your own.