[PlayStation 5] White Shadows Review
White Shadows is a cinematic puzzle platformer from Thunderful Publishing, Mixtvision, and Monokel. Learn more in our White Shadows review!
White Shadows is a cinematic puzzle platformer from Thunderful Publishing, Mixtvision, and Monokel. It’s black and white presentation, eerie soundtrack and overall atmosphere make for an interesting dystopian world to explore with an anthropomorphic cast of characters. While at the start of the game it’s stated that all animals are equal, the reality is that some animals are certainly higher up on the ladder.
You’ll be playing through White Shadows as Ravengirl, who is most definitely at the bottom of the food chain. Your task is simple: do whatever it takes to survive in this dystopian world where you go from suspended tower to suspended tower as you make death-defying jumps to avoid ending up in the bottomless void. She wants to escape the city, but it seems that all machinery is out to get her. Can you help her avoid the darkness – and the city’s guards – so that she can truly be free?
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick, jumping with the X button and using the Square button to interact. If you press down on the left analog stick, you’ll be able to crouch. You’ll have to time your jumps to stay alive, as you push or pull items out of the way or move them to serve as, say, a bridge to cross over a long gap. You also need to be careful when jumping, because you can end up dying if you fall from too high!
Through each of the game’s chapters, you’ll see how some animals are given a better shot at surviving this new world – such as getting a light bath to shine bright and keep the darkness away – while others are forced into tight spaces to be taken to facilities where they’re forced to lay a ton of eggs that are then hatched so that the little chicks can be used as an energy source to power up machines or to produce batteries to provide the energy that those higher up in the ladder need for a more comfortable life.
White Shadows has a full trophy list with a Platinum, and it’s a tricky one to complete! First of all, White Shadows does something I haven’t seen in a while: having every single trophy be hidden. This is done, in part, to not spoil the game’s story by having the trophy names and descriptions available to you at all times. The other is so that you don’t know what you need to do to pop the miscellaneous trophies. There are also some good news and some bad news for trophy hunters: a handful of the trophies are glitched. This is partially good, since a couple of trophies that ask that you complete a boss level and a particular section without dying will pop at the start of said boss fight and at the end of the section even if you die. The bad news? The trophy for completing chapter 2 doesn’t pop, which means that right now there’s now way of getting the Platinum until the game is patched.
White Shadows is a charming 2D cinematic puzzle platformer experience that you should definitely check out on PlayStation 5. It has you explore a dystopian world where all animals are supposed to be equal, but that’s far from the truth. There’s a clear hierarchy in place, and the birds – of which Ravengirl is part of – are at the bottom. I don’t want to spoil things since it’s a journey you should experience on your own, but rest assured you’ll be coming back for more until you see the ending. White Shadows is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price.
This White Shadows review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Thunderful Publishing.