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[Beyond PlayStation] Crossing Souls Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Crossing Souls Review

We need to go back in time! At least that’s what you’ll be saying when playing Crossing Souls. Find out why in our Crossing Souls review for this gem!


Crossing Souls Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

It’s 1986 in California. A group of friends discover a mysterious pink stone that allows to travel between two realms. This gang will live the summer of their lives in an adventure that will get them involved in a government conspiracy. Control five kids with special skills while fighting and solving puzzles in order to save their families and the world.

Crossing Souls is an action-adventure set in a California suburb in the midst of a supernatural event that rocks the small community as grand forces siege the town. Control five characters: Chris, Matt, Charlie, Big Joe and Kevin, each one with their own skills and combat styles. Change characters on the fly and use each character’s specialties to overcome any obstacle and target your foe’s weaknesses. Fight in real-time, solve clever puzzles, face off against powerful bosses and play special levels inspired by 80’s arcade video games.

1980’s nostalgia is at an all-time high, with movie and games paying homage to the classics while giving us excellent new takes on a beloved era, with great success stories like Stranger Things dominating our airwaves. Crossing Souls takes things to a whole new level, taking themes from the team’s favorite movies and TV shows from the 1980’s, and it proudly wears its influences on its sleeve.

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The game is a pixelated game played from an overhead view. The setup shares similarities with the classic 1980’s movie Stand By Me, with you and your friends stumbling upon a dead body in the woods. The body has a pink diamond that allows the users to cross dimensions into the spirit world, and you quickly find out that someone is chasing you and your friends to get that diamond. You know, your typical 1980’s coming of age story, but with some extra twists here and there.

Crossing Souls plays like classic action-adventure titles. You can control five characters in the game, shifting between them with the shoulder button. Each character has a unique attack and traversal abilities, while also fitting in the 1980’s stereotypes and tropes that we know and love. You have the cool kid who swings his bat and can climb on things, the nerd who can fire a laser and use a jetpack to jump longer distances, the spunky trailer park girl who uses her rope and can fling herself over long distances, Big Joe who fights with his hand and his garbage can lid, while also being able to move heaver stuff on the map. I liked switching characters as I needed to on the fly to use their abilities.

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The game finds a way to keep the gameplay fresh during the 8-10 hours you will spend playing it. Between the interesting battles, the puzzle solving, the great art style and the special levels based on classic games from the 1980’s, which you’ll certainly get a quick out of playing, there’s something for everyone in this release. I won’t spoil these surprises, but you should know that they are definitely worth the wait.

The art style is fantastic as it pulls that off that 1980’s pixelated loo while adding modern aesthetics. The game is pack with homages to the 1980’s, so be sure to keep your eyes open for them! I’m a sucker for this type of stuff, so I certainly had a blast listening to the game’s soundtrack and sound effects, which managed to transport me back in time to my youth with compositions that certainly nail the way things were done in movies, TV and games “back in the day.”

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Final Thoughts

I loved Crossing Souls and its gateway back into the movies, cartoons, and games of my childhood. It doesn’t stop at nostalgia though, as the game has some fun gameplay mechanics and interesting puzzles built into the experience that make it stand on its own. There are some really satisfying boss levels and some really cool retro game throwback stages that I’m sure you’re going to love, so I highly recommend that you get this one on Nintendo Switch!

This Crossing Souls review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Devolver Digital.


Review Overview

A retro throwback action adventure