Indifferent to the temptations of aberration and bombast, Element4l's Spartan aesthetic plays nicely with its devotion to pure platforming. It also buries Element4l's identity beneath waves of difficulty and a few inventive tricks.
In the end, Element4l's success comes down to how often you find yourself arching your back forward or swaying left and right, hoping, inexplicably, that it could be the literal tipping-point to victory. Making people do silly things is real life is the intangibly odd checkbox of any accomplished platformer, and Element4l makes good on providing the player with a sense of honest and earned accomplishment. This doesn't account for its shortcomings, but it makes them easier to ignore along the way.