[PlayStation 5] Dandy and Randy DX Review
Dandy and Randy DX from Ratalaika Games and Asteristic Game Studio is a colorful puzzle adventure experience on PlayStation. Learn more in our Dandy and Randy DX review!
Dandy and Randy DX from Ratalaika Games and Asteristic Game Studio is a colorful puzzle adventure experience on PlayStation. Asteristic Game Studio previously gave us a 2D platformer Dreaming Sarah on Sony’s console. This one is a top-down game in which you’ll control one of the titular characters while another player controls the other one in local co-op. They’re a pair of archeologists who are in trouble! They owe a lot of money to the bank, so they go searching for a fabled precious stone on a faraway island.
You’ll move around with the left analog stick or the D-pad, picking up and throwing objects with the X button, which is also used for interacting. You can use equipped items with the Square button and can switch between equipped items with the L1 and R1 buttons. Your character will start the game equipped with a shovel that can be used to dig around each area to try and find some hidden coins. As you progress through this journey, you’ll gain access to a boomerang, a hammer, a hookshot, and even a pair of running shoes. And by pausing the game, you can access your map to see what rooms you’ve already explored and where you should head to.
For each of the different locations that you’ll visit, you’ll be able to collect some of the local fruit and vegetables by pressing the X button so that you can then throw them to attack the snails, frogs, dessert sharks, and other creatures you’ll run into. Each location will also require that you locate the red, blue, grey, and gold keys hidden in chests, buried in the ground, or hidden behind some of the box pushing puzzles you’ll find along the way. Find all of the keys, and you’ll be able to reach the boss!
The many coins you collect during your time with Dandy and Randy DX can be spent at Oinky’s shop. Oinky set up this shop to try and save some money for college. You can purchase an apple or a banana to replenish one or all of your hearts, respectively, for 1,000 and 1,800 coins, buy a revive potion for 3,500 coins that can revive you when you lose all of your hearts, or even buy an extra heart slot to boost your overall health! Oh, and Oinky is a certified quantum coach, so you can pay him 1,500 coins to get a coach tip.
The game includes a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. It includes 4 Bronze trophies, 3 Silver trophies, and 10 Gold trophies. There are trophies for beating each of the game’s bosses, as well as another trophy that will pop when you complete the game. The other trophies will unlock when you collect the boomerang, hammer, hookshot, and the running shoes, for digging up 15 coins on a single screen, for unlocking the two additional playable characters, and for collecting $1,000, $5,000, and $7,000 coins.
Dandy and Randy DX is a fun single-player and local co-op adventure in which you’ll set out to discover the fabled precious stone they need to turn their life around as you defeat snails, pirates, carnivorous plants, a giant octopus, and more. Dandy and Randy DX is available as a Cross-Buy release, so your $6.99 purchase will give you access to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one has its own Platinum trophy to work on.
This Dandy and Randy DX review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.