[PlayStation 5] TEN Review
TEN by The Bworg and Ratalaika Games is a challenging platformer where your goal is to survive for 10 seconds in each room. Find out what it’s like in our TEN review!
TEN by The Bworg and Ratalaika Games is a challenging platformer where your goal is to survive for 10 seconds in each room. There is a brief intro after you wake up from inside a giant glass container about having no memory and that you will face challenging threats. You are asked to persevere no matter what happens. You are then quickly taken to a few tutorial levels that will let you learn the basics of the game. Each time you enter a room, it locks itself, and you have to survive for ten seconds before the threats disappear and the door to the next room opens.
To do that, you’ll mainly move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad and jump with the X button. You’ll eventually gain additional abilities by buying them from the store, such as being able to dash with the L1 or R1 buttons or slide with the two other shoulder buttons. Those additional abilities, or even things like extra hearts, can be purchased with coins you collect in the rooms, which can help you with your run so that you can avoid hazards and stay alive.
As for the hazards, they’ll greatly vary throughout the levels. Anything that’s red is a direct threat that can make you lose a heart. It will be things like cannons, spinning blades, or even robots that can come at you. Orange hazards are things that will eventually be dangerous to you, like spikes that come out of the floor at fixed intervals. Then there are bombs. Those will appear in a room in different places, with a timer ticking on them. You’ll have to collect them all before the timer runs out, or else they’ll end your life. In the tenth room of a level, things will change a bit as you’ll have to survive for 30 seconds against a boss or at least take on a deadlier room.
Visually, the game features some minimalist pixelated visuals that are mostly white and gray, with the dreaded hazards flashing out in their red color. Bombs will be shown in purple. And since the later levels feature a lot of things flying out from every direction, it’s great to clearly be able to focus on what’s coming at you.
As I was playing through the first few rooms, I found myself really enjoying the concept of surviving for a short period of time to succeed. Since each room is different, you can never prepare for what’s coming, so it’s always a surprise as you enter a new room. Throughout the close to 100 rooms, you’ll face a lot of things, and the fun will always be present. And since each room lasts 10 seconds, dying and starting back is never an extremely frustrating experience. With that being said, it didn’t take long to find myself feeling overwhelmed by the number of things that can hurt and kill you, so if your plan is to do things in a legit way, you can expect to spend quite a lot of time reaching the end of the game.
If, on the other hand, you’re here for the trophies, you’ll be glad to know that the game has an accessibility option that makes you invincible. Be aware, though, that if you activate this, there is no challenge anymore, as you can simply wait next to the door to go to the next room. Either way, most of the trophies should come naturally if you make it to the end of the game, given that you take the time to accumulate a total of 100 coins before spending them. The only thing that could pose a challenge is to finish the game with a C grade or better, which implies you’ll finish it under 70 minutes, but if this is all you have left, the invincible mode will make it a breeze to do.
TEN is a challenging platformer that provides a lot of fun thanks to its concept of surviving for ten seconds in each room. It’s worth playing it up to your limit in terms of challenge, and then you can easily breeze through the rest to get that an easy Platinum trophy. TEN is available as a Cross-Buy title for a budget price of only $4.99, so you’ll get both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and each one has its own trophy list.
This TEN review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.