[PlayStation 4] Savage Halloween Review
Savage Halloween from QUByte Interactive and 2ndBoss is a 2D action platformer packed with monsters. Check out our Savage Halloween review!
In Savage Halloween from QUByte Interactive and 2ndBoss, you’ll be taking on a 2D action platformer in which the world is overtaken by monsters for 24 hours during Halloween. Or, at least it used to be! It seems the monsters have had enough of working all year long and only getting one day off, so this time around, they’re going to have a never-ending rave party! James, a farmer who has now had his eternal rest interrupted, has decided to take action and defeat the monsters. He is joined by Dominika, the vampire daughter of the one responsible for closing the portal, as well as by Lulu, a werewolf who does not know if he’s a man that dreamed he was a dog or a dog that dreamed he was a man.
You’ll be controlling each character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and double jumping with the X button, aiming and locking with the Circle or L2 buttons so that you can fire with the Square or R2 buttons. You can switch between weapons with the L1 and R1 buttons, which is important since some weapons have limited ammo. You can check this in the upper left corner of the screen. You also have a special attack that can be used with the Triangle button. Each of the characters will have different stats for health, speed, and jump, with James being the more balanced one of the three. Lulu favors health over speed and jump, while Dominika will have a boost on jump and speed but have lower health.
On each of the seven stages that the game has to offer, you’ll need to dodge and defeat bats, hooded monsters, small, medium, and large ghosts crawling baby monsters, a chaingun wielding Santa, giant angry penguins, flying flaming skulls, small Frankenstein monsters, axe-wielding lunatics, humongous spiders, and more. You’ll also have to avoid sharp spikes, pits of lava, fireballs that fly out of said lava pits, spears that pop out of the ground, or gargoyles that spit out fireballs.
As for the trophies, the good news is that none of the trophies are missable. The bad news is that you’re going to have to finish the game at least three times since there are trophies for completing the game with each of the three characters. On top of this, there is a trophy for completing a level without dying, for completing the whole game without dying, and for beating the game in the Hardcore Mode. The other trophies you’ll get after defeating your first monster, for beating each of the mini-bosses, and for beating each of the bosses at the end of each stage.
Savage Halloween pays homage to some of the classic games of the Nintendo Entertainment System era, including Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Castlevania, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battletoads, Ninja Gaiden, and Contra, to name some examples, which makes for a fun trip down memory lane in a 2D game with solid pixel art and a fun soundtrack. Savage Halloween is out on PlayStation 4 with a low $4.99 asking price.
This Savage Halloween review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by QUByte Interactive.