[PlayStation 4] Daggerhood Review
Daggerhood from Woblyware and Ratalaika Games is a fun 2D action platformer now out on PS4 and PS Vita. Learn more in our Daggerhood review!
You take control of Vincent S. Daggerhood, a quick thief who is ready to plunder all treasure up for grabs. He used to lead a good life, grabbing everything and anything that wasnâ€™t bolted down, but he was unfortunately caught red-handed, and he is sent to the forsaken caverns to pay for his crimes. Your task is to escape from said forsaken place by using a magical dagger that allows Vincent S. Daggerhood to teleport to the spot the dagger is occupying. With this and your running and jumping skills, youâ€™ll get a chance to aim high as you try to steal the Kingâ€™s gold in the process!
Controls for this 2D action platformer are simple and to the point. You can move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, and jump and double jump with the X button, and the longer you hold the jump button, the higher you will jump. If you jump against a wall and press the X button, you will do a wall jump, thus allowing you to do a double jump as you move off from the wall. The Square button will be for throwing your dagger, which has a limited range, and pressing the button again will teleport your character to where your dagger is. The dagger can also be used to attack enemies. You will also find some power-ups to aid you, which you need to use right away since they only work for a limited time. If you need it again, just go and grab it as it will respawn.
As you take on each level, a timer will start to count your overall time in the upper left corner of the screen. This is important because each stage includes a fairy you can collect to 100% the game, but you need to be fast since if you take too long to reach it, the fairy will go away. There are also different treasure pieces in each level you take on, so youâ€™ll need to check the treasure counter just below the timer to know how many overall treasure pieces there are in the stage and how many you have collected. Collect all treasure pieces in a stage, and you will get the treasure badge for that level.
Daggerhood includes 100 levels split out into five worlds, and for each stage, you can aim to get a three-star rating. The faster you are at completing a level, the more stars you will get for your performance. Exploring each stage will sometimes take you a bit of extra time so that you can find all treasure pieces and collect the fairy, so you might need to play some stages twice to get all treasure or the fairy since you canâ€™t do both. There are also five stages to complete, one at the end of each stage, so be ready to pay attention to their movement and attack patterns to grab the available treasure and the fairy before it is too late!
Dagerhood, as has been the case for other releases from Ratalaika Games, includes a Platinum trophy. Since the game is cross-buy, your $4.99 purchases opens the door for you to get two Platinum trophies, and there are separate lists for North America, Europe, and Asia, so thatâ€™s six potential trophies in total if you buy the game once from each region. As for the trophy list, you need to complete objectives such as killing one enemy, dying once, completing one level, completing three levels, getting one fairy, getting all treasure on three levels, getting three stars and a stage, and more. In the end, you can get a Platinum trophy for 15-30 minutes of your time depending on how good you are with action platformers like this one. You donâ€™t need to complete all stages in the game, but you should since itâ€™s a fun game to play!
Daggerhood is a very fun 2D action platformer with a ton of content to complete. Its minimalist pixel art, great chiptune soundtrack, and solid gameplay mechanics will keep you coming back for more as you try to speedrun its levels, collecting all treasure pieces and all available fairies to grab that Platinum trophy at the end of the road â€“ two Platinum trophies thanks to this being a cross-buy release. Are you ready for it?
This Daggerhood review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.