[Beyond PlayStation] Squidlit Review
Squidlit is a fun and short budget 2D platformer on Nintendo Switch that brings back memories of the Game Boy era. Learn more in our Squidlit review!
Squidlit is a fun 2D platformer that pays homage to the old-school classic Game Boy games from 30 years ago. Youâ€™ll take control of Plip, as you run, jump, and ink your way towards defeating the evil Skwit Skwot before itâ€™s too late! The gameplay mechanics are simple and to the point, since youâ€™ll be moving Plip around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the A, B, or L buttons. While airborne, you can press any of those three buttons to have Plip spit out some ink below it. The ink is what youâ€™ll use to defend yourself from your enemies, which was an interesting gameplay mechanic.
Before you go out on a quest, youâ€™ll get a chance to talk to the villagers â€“ which is done by pressing up on the Joy-con or the D-Pad – who will wish you good luck on your quest. One of them, in particular, who will be wearing a chefâ€™s hat, will also grant you some health points, represented by muffins at the upper center part of the screen. To help you even more, heâ€™ll also catapult some extra muffins onto the areas youâ€™re about to explore so that you can find them and grab a bite that will allow you to recover some of your lost health.
The game is showcased in a 4:3 presentation with the color palette we know and love from the beloved Game Boy. Since itâ€™s 2020 and most gamers out there own a 16:9 widescreen TV â€“ not to mention that the Nintendo Switchâ€™s screen is also 16:9, Squidlit features a frame of sorts that displays a speaker on the left side of the screen, and a contrast dial and a red juice light that would go on if this hypothetical portable console was running out of batteries. If youâ€™d like to have black bars on both sides of the screen on the center that displays the action, you can hide it with the ZR button.
There are a few bosses to battle during your short adventure, and each one will be a different experience. Youâ€™ll run into one battle in the air as you shoot away at a large serpent â€“ in a sequence that reminded me about Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. Another one will have you battling an ancient stone lamp come to life. Thereâ€™s one, in particular, that is very interesting since it will have a fight that is unlike anything else Iâ€™ve played in a 2D platformer.
Squidlit is a fun and short budget 2D platformer that you should check out on Nintendo Switch. For only $1.99, youâ€™ll embark on a retro-styled adventure that will take you around an hour or so to complete. Itâ€™s a good homage to the Game Boy era, available at a low price, and a good option to play between longer gaming experiences.
This Squidlit review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Squidlit Ink.