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[PlayStation 5] Garlic Review

[PlayStation 5] Garlic Review
  • On July 12, 2023

Retro-inspired precision platformer Garlic from Ratalaika Games and Sylph is one worth checking out on PS5. Learn more about it in our Garlic review!


Retro-inspired precision platformer Garlic from Ratalaika Games and Sylph is one worth checking out on PlayStation 5. You’ll be trying to survive through a deadly tower so that you can make it to the top and meet the Cyber Goddess so that she can grant you your wish. As you move through each area, you’ll end up finding some Garlicoins. It’s an old cryptocurrency that is now the only real money in the new world. And yes, there are some trophies tied to collecting Garlicoins – more on trophies in a bit.

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Since this one has been inspired by games from the 8-bit era, that means the controls are going to be simple and to the point. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as it jumps with the X button and dashes with the Square button. And yes, you can dash while on the ground or while jumping. Your character can also wall jump. Dashing is important since it’s how you’ll attack enemies. You can also damage enemies by jumping on top of them. The dash will also be used for platforming since your character can dash in all eight directions.


To spice things up, there’s an extra gameplay element to consider. If you jump and dash into the ground, your character will charge up some extra energy, giving you a small window to press the Square button again so that It can perform a summersault. On top of that, you can then press the Square button again to dash another time. As expected, this particular combo will be needed in order to get through some of the trickier platforming segments.

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You’ll probably end up dying a lot in this one since precision platformers require, you know, precision. Enemy and hazard placement makes it so that you need to quickly reconsider your strategy on the fly. Trial and error are very much part of the equation, which is why you should make the most of the many checkpoints that you can activate along the way. That way, you’ll be able to learn from your mistakes as you progress further into the game.


Along with the main levels and their tricky platforming, there are also some mini-games for you to take on. The first one you’ll run into is Silent Fighter, in which your character walks down the street with a moody look on his face as he tries to look cool enough to win the love of the Cyber Goddess. A bit later, you’ll run into an old-school arcade machine where you can play a minimalist vertical shoot ‘em up. There’s another that is an autorunner you’ll play from an isometric perspective as you try to avoid enemies and hazards, as well as falling into a bottomless pit.

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Since this one is from Ratalaika Games, that means not only can you expect the game to have a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, you’ll also get a Cross-Buy title. Have a PlayStation 5 console? Then you can download both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one will have a separate trophy list. The list includes 11 Gold trophies, and the objectives to complete include entering the tower for the first time, meeting the Goddess for the first time, completing the rat chase level, playing the Silent Fighter mini-game, getting 50, 100, and 150 coins, reaching zone 1-05, completing zone 1, reaching zone 2-05, and reaching zone 2-10.


Garlic brings us a retro-styled 2D precision platformer on PlayStation. Your goal is to give your all so that you can gain the love of the Cyber Goddess, who you get to meet early in the game. As you progress further into the tower, new enemies and hazards will be introduced, as well as mini-games that help to break the action. Garlic is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $14.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each version will have its own separate trophy list for you to work on.

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

Review Overview

A fun precision platformer with some bonus mini-games to break the action