[PlayStation 4] Gutwhale Review
2D minimalist roguelike action game Gutwhale from Ratalaika Games and Stuffed Wombat is ready for you on PlayStation. Check out our Gutwhale review!
2D minimalist roguelike action game Gutwhale from Ratalaika Games and Stuffed Wombat is a challenging but fun experience on PlayStation. Your goal will be simple: defeat all of the enemies on the screen so that you can then carry onto the next floor below so that you can do it all over again. Survive for as long as possible, and try to gain access to some new hats that can aid you. You can go in with a useless hat that offers no boosts or a hat that allows you to have more lives so that you can extend your run. Perhaps you’d favor using a hat that affords you a single hit while boosting how much money you get to collect?
You’ll move with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, shooting with the Square or the R1 buttons. You will need to follow the bullet you shoot so that you can reload your weapon and defeat enemies. You can jump with the X button. If you hold down the button, you can airwalk for a bit, which will also allow you to aim below you. The money you earn can be used at the shop between each level to purchase some very useful items or to get some new hats. You could buy a heart to add some extra lives to your count, increase how many bullets your gun can hold, double your score for the next round, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to find, say, the God Hat, which for the low price of only 180 coins can grant you six hearts, so that you can respawn a ton of times! This is very important because every time you die, a bullet is left on the screen, so you can have extra bullets to reload your weapon with
Trophy-wise, the game has a short list of only twelve trophies, split into eleven Gold trophies and a lonely silver trophy. These will unlock for beating the first, second, and third levels, unlocking the frog hat, for defeating 50 frogs, getting a combo of five and ten, getting a free point increase, getting 100 points, buying an upgrade at the store, for defeating your first skull, and for seeing the game’s true ending.
Gutwhale is a fun 2D roguelike with room-based bite-sized levels and a good challenge that will keep you replaying over and over as you learn from your mistakes, make the most of the hats you unlock and the ones you purchase to temporarily use along the way, as well as the other power-ups you can grab at the store between levels. It also offers a Platinum trophy, which will certainly please trophy hunters, all for a low $4.99 asking price.
This Gutwhale review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.