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[PlayStation 5] Night Lights Review

[PlayStation 5] Night Lights Review
  • On December 30, 2021

Night Lights from Rataika Games and Meridian4 is a 2D puzzle platformer in which light and shadows will help to lead the way. Learn more in Night Lights review!


Night Lights from Ratalaika Games and Meridian4 is a 2D puzzle platformer in which light and shadows will help to lead the way. As you control a small robot, you’ll take on an adventure to bring back light to a darkened planet. As you manipulate light and shadows, collect energy crystals to activate tools and light sources while taking on 45 levels of increasing difficulty that will bump the challenge at a steady pace.

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You’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button, and use items with the Square button – such as activating a lever to turn a lamp on or off. Since light and shadows play a big role in Night Lights, you’ll have to pay attention to each area you visit so that you can use lights and shadows to your advantage. You’ll learn about this early on when you start the game and have to activate a lever to shine a light on the ladder you’ll need to use, only to then have to use another lever to turn off a light so that you can use a shadow platform to push a block on top of a switch. You can also push and pull objects by pressing the L1 button and the Square button at the same time.


The game will give you access to new upgrades as you complete levels. You will get a run upgrade so that you can speed through each level or a double jump upgrade that will be very useful. Lamps won’t be the only source of light to use, since you can also, say, turn on a TV to have a portable light source that can allow you to go through some walls by revealing a hole here and there, or perhaps a tunnel that you can use to find the resources that you need in order to power up new portals.

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Once you get the first upgrade, you will notice that said run upgrade will be granted to you by a special symbol. Once you go back a couple of rooms, you’ll see that the symbol will be present in other spots. This is a visual clue to let you know that now that you have the run upgrade, you can reach new portals. Another symbol will show an arrow that goes up, then down, then up again, which means that you’re going to need the double jump upgrade to be able to get there.


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The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection, and it’s a list that shouldn’t take be hard to complete. The list is split into 11 Gold trophies, and you’ll be required to collect the run, double jump, head bulb, and dash upgrades, progress through the game, and collect energy bolts to boost your total energy up to at least 150. If using a guide, you could end up with a new Platinum trophy in an hour or so. And since this is a cross-buy title with two separate trophy lists, if you complete the PS4 and the PS5 versions of the game, you can end up with two Platinum trophies in a couple of hours.

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Night Lights is a chill 2D puzzle platformer with a minimalist presentation in which light and shadows will be used to gain access to new upgrades and new sections, as you try to bring light back to the planet. It’s a budget title at only $4.99, making it an easy one to recommend.

This Night Lights review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.

Review Overview

Chill 2D puzzle platformer with a minimalist presentation