My wife, while not what most would call a “gamer” does occasionally get into a game. She mostly likes adventure games, she loved Myst and its sequels and has played through all The Room games on her iPad (Several other adventure games I am less familiar with as well). She has strayed outside of adventure games as well though, she’s played through Portal, Portal 2 and most of Breath of the Wild. She also sometimes plays Heroes of the Storm with me (versus AIs only).
Anyhoo, having said all that, she’s gotten interested in Hollow Knight watching me play it. She likes the aesthetic, but the game is a good bit too hard for her. She’s stuck on one of the very early boss fights and is getting discouraged as I’ve told her that later ones are much harder.
I was raised on Mario, Metroid, Castlevania, Sonic and Megaman. Patformers come relatively naturally to me, but she never played games when she was young and so does not have the knack for them and Hollow Knight I think is a bit of a jump into the deep end. She played through Steamworld Dig 1 and 2, so she can learn, but I’m wondering if people have recommendations for games she might play that are not quite as punishing as Hollow Knight to build up her platforming skills. I would be most interested in hearing from people who came into games later in life and were able to get good at and even enjoy harder platformers. It’s a perspective that I don’t have but would be fascinated to hear about.