Fight pirates, beat bosses and gain new abilities!
Khimera: Destroy All Monster Girls is a platformer in the vein of Shovel Knight and Megaman (though much easier). You play as a newly-created monster hastily finished to track down a band of pirates that raided your town. As you defeat bosses, your scientist "dad" uses their DNA to give you new abilities. The entire story is intentionally goofy and packed with hilarious moments.
The game pays homage to classic gaming mechanically, aesthetically and referentially. I understand that it also references a number of anime titles, though I'm not versed enough to have gotten the in-jokes there. I still got a lot of laughs from it, so it's not like you have to know anything about anime to enjoy this game. I'm also fairly certain there's at least a few Homestar Runner references as well, which is always a plus!
Controls are easy to learn and there's even an in-game move list in case you forget. Even with additional abilities, you don't have a particularly useful ranged attack. At first I was disappointed by this, but it makes sense for the character and the game is designed in a way that a ranged attack is often unnecessary.
I only have one complaint - the uncertainty of pitfalls. Many levels have areas that are only accessed by dropping into a chasm, but within the same level (usually on the next screen over) are pits that kill you for falling into them. If there was perhaps a way to differentiate which ones were fatal and which you're meant to fall into, it would alleviate the trial-and-error. This is only a minor complaint though, as checkpoints are often close enough that you're not too punished.
Overall, Khimera is an excellent and hilarious platformer well worth checking out if you're a fan of either the genre or the game's references!