[Nintendo Switch] Restless Soul Review
Restless Soul from Graffiti Games and Fuz Games has you helping a wayward soul return to the land of the living from the afterlife. Learn more in our Restless Soul review!
Restless Soul from Graffiti Games and Fuz Games has you helping a wayward soul return to the land of the living from the afterlife. You’ll explore a greyscale world as you try to locate the eight keys needed to open the portal that can lead the poor soul back to the world of the living. Unfortunately, the evil Dr. Krull is also searching for the keys, and he will unleash his army to try and destroy you. On top of that, the Grim Reaper is set on not letting the soul go since it’s pretty much in his job description!
Everyone arrives at the afterlife with pending issues, unresolved business, or regrets from their former life. As expected, everyone tries to go back to the world of the living, but most give up at some point. You’ll take on towers that offer what the devs are calling bullet-hell lite, which means you’ll run into bullet-hell scenarios that won’t be as crazy as what you would find in a shoot ‘em up. You’ll be joined by a dog named Woof, who will kindly teach you how to fight so that you can at least stand a chance of collecting all of the keys.
Once you’re in control, you’ll move the spirit around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad to walk around. You can interact with the A button. By pressing the Y or ZL buttons, the spirit will be able to dash. You can shoot in all directions around the spirit by using the right analog stick to aim and shoot. If you have enough potions stored, you can heal your wounds by pressing and holding down the L button.
Press the + button to access the phone. While in there, you can check any items you might be carrying, review a gallery of the photos you’ve taken, take some photos, change the options for the audio setting and vibration, change your character’s strength, and even activate God Mode. There’s also a map that will let you know where you are at all times. You can also get a reminder about the controls. And then there’s the Achievements section.
Yes, Restless Soul offers an in-game achievements system so that you can work on completing some extra objectives while playing. There’s one achievement for taking on the tutorial that Woof will walk you through, another one for arguing with the narrator about how spotting 1,000 cats would take too long and that when it was lowered to 10, it was too low, so the narrator destroys the achievement, thus unlocking it while blocking it at the same time. After that, you’ll unlock more by completing each tower and progressing through the game’s story, as well as by completing some miscellaneous objectives I won’t spoil here. And if you want to 100% the game, be sure to check everywhere so that you can find all of the hidden letters in each area (Hint: search behind buildings and walk against all walls to find hidden passages!)
Restless Soul is a game that mixes some bullet-hell lite combat segments with a lot of story and banter between the poor soul and the many characters it will meet. There are plenty of jokes, moments when breaking the 4th wall is a must, and inside jokes that make a comeback later in the game. Because of this, Restless Soul is a game that won’t be for everyone since the mix of its minimalist greyscale presentation, heavy use of humor, and relatively simple bullet-hell lite segments make for a very peculiar mix. Restless Soul is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 asking price.
This Restless Soul review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Graffiti Games.