Quiet, Please! developer Nostatic Software has launched Ascent of Kings, a Metroidvania-styled platformer for the Xbox Live Indie Games service.

In Ascent of Kings, the ruler of your realm has recently died, and the first villager to complete a challenging vertical climb will become the next king. You start off as a weakling, naturally, but as you progress through the story, you'll learn how to double-jump, climb vines, and fire a slingshot, among other abilities. The quest won't take you long to finish (my playthrough clocked in at around 20 minutes), but Nostatic's signature lo-fi style and a good-natured storyline make it worth the trek.

Ascent of Kings is priced at 80 Microsoft points ($1).