[PlayStation 5] Neon Souls Review
Neon Souls from Ratalaika Games and Gorestation is a 2D platformer in which you paint invisible platforms with glowing ink to reach the exit portal. Learn more in our Neon Souls review!
Neon Souls from Ratalaika Games and Gorestation is a 2D platformer in which you paint invisible platforms with glowing ink to reach the exit portal. The game features 50 levels as well as four bosses to defeat, with bite-sized stages that can be completed in a few seconds once you find the right path to take. You’ll control your colorful glowing blob with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you jump and double jump with the Square, Circle, Triangle, X, L1, L2, R1, or R2 buttons. Your double jump will make the blob throw a bunch of paint all over the place, which will make it easier to make the platforms get some color on them. The longer you hold down the X button, the longer your jump. You can also wall jump consecutively to reach higher platforms as needed.
As you take on each level, you’ll have to avoid enemies – both the stationary and the moving types – as well as avoid hazards such as the always classic sharp spikes or deadly lasers that can destroy you with a single hit. Some enemies you’ll be able to defeat by landing on top of them, while others are pretty much invincible, so you’ll have to avoid them to be able to make it to the exit.
For each of the four boss battles that you’ll have to take on along the way, you’ll need to pay attention to each boss’ movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity for attacking to deal some damage. That handy double jump you’re using to complete each level by quickly filling it up with glops of neon paint as you try to reach higher spots? It’s technically making your neon blob go boom, and it’s that ability that will be the key to damaging the bosses.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and since this one is from Ratalaika Games, that means we’re getting a Cross-Buy title with separate trophy lists to complete! The list is a short one since it has 11 Gold trophies. As for what you need to do, you have to die at least 13 times in total, complete at least one level without using your double jump, beat levels 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13, and beat the first boss in the game. Overall, it’s something that shouldn’t take you more than 10-15 minutes tops.
Neon Souls is a 2D platformer that plays it safe. The “use ink to make platforms visible” gameplay mechanic could certainly have added more to the experience. Neon Souls is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each one will have its own trophy list for you to work on!
This Neon Souls review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.