[Beyond PlayStation] Spectrum Review
Spectrum from Digerati is a fun platformer on Nintendo Switch set in an abstract world. Learn more in our Spectrum review!
Spectrum is very easy to understand. You can move your character around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jump with the B or X buttons – and the longer you press and hold it the higher you will jump-, and can dive by pressing the A or Y buttons. The end. That is all you need to do to take on the 80 levels the game has to offer. Sure, there are some extra elements to consider, but if you only stick to the basics, you can still take your time to complete each level so that you can beat them at your own pace.
There are some light colored objects in each of the 80 stages in the game, and if you touch any of them, you will lose one hit point. Your health bar is located at the upper right corner of the screen, so be sure to keep an eye on it because three hits and you’re out! But wait, there’s more! If you touch any bright colored object, then that’s going to instantly kill you with one hit, so you need to be extra careful around those! Levels also have a set number of orbs to collect to get the orbs trophy, both for you to 100% the game and to help recover a bit of your health.
You should also keep an eye out for triggers in a stage. They’re easy to spot since they look like small black holes of death, but they’re actually there to help you! When you touch one, a door might open, or an object might move out of the way, so be sure to touch triggers as soon as you can so that you can quickly carry on. And then there are air vents which can help to boost your jump depending on the power of their air current.
If you combine all of the above and take on each level in a full-on Zen state of mind, and can manage to get into the particular flow of each stage, you can get an orbs trophy for collecting the orbs needed for that stage’s orb goal, get a trophy for not receiving any harm during the stage, get a time trophy for completing the stage below the time goal for it, and get a perfect trophy for, well, getting a perfect run for the stage! So if you want to 100% the game, you’re basically going to have to aim at getting a perfect trophy for every single one of the 80 available levels.
Each of Spectrum’s chapters includes ten levels, with a total of four chapters in the light world and four chapters in the dark world, hence the 80 levels total I’ve been mentioning in this review. As you can probably imagine, levels in the light world are going to be easier to complete than levels in the dark world, so I highly recommend that you first take on all 40 stages in the light world so that you are a properly prepared for what the dark world will throw at you, especially if you’re going for collecting all perfect trophies.
Spectrum is a fun 2D platformer with a lot of content and some interesting twists that make it easy to recommend it on Nintendo Switch. It’s available for $11.99, and between the drive to 100% the game and trying to grab a slot in the leaderboard for the total completion time for each chapter, as well as the local 2-player mode in which you and a friend can race to the finish line, you’re definitely going to get more than enough fun for that low price. Are you ready for the challenge?
This Spectrum review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Digerati.