I’ve been ready for the discharge of Crossing Souls for some time. This 80s-style motion platformer has 5 interchangeable playable characters, a nostalgic idea and a bunch of recent mechanics. It caught individuals’s consideration with cute pixel graphics and enjoyable Saturday morning fashion cutscenes. You begin out as Chris, your fundamental throughout 80’s child. He’s the outdoorsy kind, into baseball and climbing up locations he doesn’t belong. This matches in properly along with his particular talents. You might be slowly launched to his three greatest mates, every with their very own strengths and weaknesses.
There’s Matt, the scientist who has his personal laser gun and rocket boots. The robust man Joe, who can transfer heavy objects and packs an actual punch. Lastly, the speedy Charlie who can dodge tremendous quick and whip along with her bounce rope. The 4 characters staff as much as meet with Chris’ brother Kevin who has found a lifeless physique by the lake. Checking the physique they uncover the duat stone, an historical artifact with the facility to bridge the hole between the residing and the lifeless. Nevertheless, possessing the stone gathers them extra consideration than they ever might have anticipated.
The state of affairs design is an actual robust level of Crossing Souls. Fascinating adjustments in eventualities and dynamics make you’re feeling such as you’re touring on a journey with these characters. Gameplay works hand in hand with the storytelling for efficient outcomes. As every character carries their very own particular strengths, weaknesses and transfer units, you’re feeling each is a obligatory asset to your staff.
The bridge between residing and lifeless
Crossing Souls isn’t a simple sport and you need to develop methods round using every character’s strengths. Whether or not it’s utilizing Charlie’s velocity to rapidly get across the map or utilizing Joe’s energy to effectively take out bosses, each member of the social gathering lends a hand. When a personality turns into unusable, even quickly, you mourn the loss all of the extra. That is a particularly efficient manner of creating you join strongly with the gang, as you’re feeling the separation simply because the characters within the sport do. Crossing Souls continuously adjustments up the gameplay and forces you to alter up your technique.
There are a lot of completely different strings in Crossing Souls’ bow. Fight and boss fights mix with difficult platforming and puzzle fixing that’s essential to journey throughout the map. There are additionally a number of sections which change up gameplay fully. Sudden chase sequences and different spoilery bits maintain gamers on their toes. Crossing Souls isn’t a sport you may merely breeze by. Whereas there could also be many options to at least one puzzle or drawback, it’s as much as you to determine the perfect technique for you and execute it completely.
Crossing Souls thrives on its versatility. Will you utilize Charlie to dodge all assaults, Matt to assault from a distance, Chris to hit again projectiles or simply tank the injury with Joe? Will you utilize bombs to kills teams of enemies directly, or use the flash to stun enemies and bide your time? All are legitimate strategies however it’ll take time determining which strategies greatest fit your play fashion. That is the place the enjoyment of Crossing Souls lies. Determining that excellent resolution is simply oh so satisfying. This doesn’t imply that the gameplay isn’t with out its flaws although.
In tough video games, getting the steadiness excellent is essential in strolling the road between a tough sport and a irritating one. Crossing Souls doesn’t all the time get issues proper on this regard. Some fine-tuning by way of mechanics would have seen Crossing Souls go from an incredible sport to a wonderful one. Some gaps you might be required to cross when platforming are extraordinarily tight and small errors in timing can see you despatched again punishingly far. Rare checkpoints or tough jumps usually are not essentially a nasty factor, however when mixed with the top-down perspective, it may very well be tough to foretell the proper angle or distance of a bounce. This lead to a couple jumps feeling complicated or unfair.
Saturday morning cutscenes
On this vein, some boss fights may take a dozen tries earlier than you’ll be able to safe a victory. Once more, that is one thing I’m more than pleased to do. The boss battles are diversified and tense, so replaying them could be a pleasure. Nevertheless, when every try and proceeded by a protracted and unskippable cutscene. the frustration ranges start to rise. Just some tweaks right here and there, together with quicker occasions between deaths and the following try in addition to somewhat extra generosity on tough platforming sections might have seen Crossing Souls turn into an indie nice.
The storytelling is an actual robust level of Crossing Souls. It calls on the 80s tropes of a robust group of mates working collectively to beat an incredible problem whereas bringing this epic journey to life. You watch their dynamics and relationships develop and alter. The occasions the group undergo collectively deliver actual emotional energy to the story, whereas the twists deliver the shock. Whereas the general state of affairs creation in robust the dialogue is way weaker. There are a number of humorous moments right here and there, however the general dialogue is plagued by clichés and predictability. It isn’t horrible. I perceive the selection to remain robust to 80s tropes to make the whole lot really feel extra cohesive. Nevertheless, only a few extra dangers when it got here to selections of dialogue would have seen a lot would have seen a lot stronger storytelling general.
They’ve saved the environment robust and united in relation to Crossing Souls. The selection of pixel artwork isn’t fully true to the 80s. Nevertheless, it nonetheless offers a nostalgic kick and blends properly with the VHS fashion cutscenes. The story is pure 80s and it’s all introduced collectively by the attractive 80s fashion soundtrack. This was a spotlight for me, because it was laid again and atmospheric. I’d be blissful to hearken to it anytime by itself advantage.
Some frustrations apart, Crossing Souls brings quite a bit by way of modern and recent gameplay whereas sustaining a nostalgic really feel. Various play kinds signifies that puzzles apart, there’s a lot to determine by way of strategic gameplay. It ticks so many containers by way of what makes an incredible indie sport; a good looking artwork fashion with enjoyable animations, a relaxing immersive soundtrack, an emotionally deep story, and recent modern gameplay. Just some components by way of steadiness stop Crossing Souls from changing into an indie darling. FourAttic will likely be one to look at for the long run.
Crossing Souls was reviewed on PC by way of Steam with a code was offered courtesy of the writer.
Whereas Crossing Souls treads the road between difficult and irritating, there’s a lot right here to get enthusiastic about. Robust and diversified gameplay mixes fantastically with a properly written story and nice music and graphics.
ProsInnovative, Strategic Sport PlayGreat Music and Artwork StyleTouching Story
ConsFrustrating DeathsWeak Dialogue
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