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[PlayStation 4] Little Orpheus Review

[PlayStation 4] Little Orpheus Review
EdEN
  • On August 11, 2023

Little Orpheus from Secret Mode is the definitive version of The Chinese Room’s award-winning experience now on PlayStation 4. Check our Little Orpheus review!

 

Little Orpheus from Secret Mode is the definitive version of The Chinese Room’s award-winning experience now on PlayStation 4. You’ll be playing as Ivan Ivanovich Privalov, a Soviet national who in 1961 was selected for the Shukovgrad Interiornaut Exploration Program SSSR… which is a bit odd since he failed the basic physical test, while also being caught cheating on the entrance exams. Ivan boarded a rocket-drill in 1962 with the titular experimental device Little Orpheus. The mission? Drilling through the earth’s crust to discover the colonization potential of the planet’s interior.

As Ivan is being debriefed about the whole experience, you as the player will get to relieve the crazy journey through the game’s different episodes as you explore colorful environments that have been brought to life in style. It’s been 3 years since Ivan and Little Orpheus were sent to the center of the earth, and Ivan is certainly confused about the whole situation! The game’s bizarrely wild story and scenarios take inspiration from classic movies such as Flash Gordon, Sinbad and The Land that Time Forgot. Ivan cites the work of Vladimir Obruchev and mentions Plutonia, which was the setting for said author’s sci-fi novel from 1915.

 

The game was originally released back in 2020 right in the middle of the whole COVID-19 pandemic as an Apple Arcade exclusive experience. The game then made its way to the PlayStation 4 with all the updates and additional contents previously released for Little Orpheus on Apple Arcade. For this Little Orpheus review, the game that I got to play includes the added episode 9 – A Rush of Onion – as well as the bonus The Lost Recordings Mode, which has you replaying each level to grab all the collectible orbs as well as unlock additional costumes. You can take on The Lost Recordings Mode for each level right as you complete an episode.

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As for the controls for Little Orpheus, they’re simple and to the point, so that you can focus on the platforming action and on surviving through the many weirds scenarios that Ivan talks about during his debriefing. You’ll control Ivan with the left analog stick, making him jump with the X button or crouch with the Circle button. If you press the Circle button while he’s running, then Ivan will slide. The Square button can be pressed to interact with objects or creatures as needed.

 

Trophy-wise, Little Orpheus features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy on PlayStation 4. The list has 12 Bronze trophies, 8 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies to work on. A chunk of them will pop as you complete the different episodes that Little Orpheus has to offer. Along with completing the game, you’re tasked with replaying all episodes in The Lost Recordings Mode so that you can collect all orbs, unlocking all the costumes for Ivan, as well as replay some episodes while wearing specific costumes.

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Little Orpheus brings us a colorful bite-sized adventure that pays homage to classic movies such as Flash Gordon, Sinbad, or The Land Before Time, bringing us a game that can be completed in around 3 hours and change. As Ivan Ivanovich Privalov describes the things he encountered during his journey to the center of the earth, such as giant mushrooms, a prehistoric valley full of dinosaurs, a jungle with the remnants of an ancient civilization, you get to enjoy all of it as you experience a fun 2.5D platforming journey through it all. Oh, and did I mention that Little Orpheus was powered by an atomic bomb that Ivan Ivanovich Privalov seems to have misplaced?

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The game’s crazy story, solid voice acting, and colorful stylized visuals certainly help this one stand out on Sony’s last-gen console. There’s also some replay value thanks to The Lost Recordings Mode which rewards you for replaying each of the game’s episodes and collecting the shiny orbs that will grant you access to behind the scenes content, as well as new outfits. Little Orpheus is out on PlayStation 4 with a $12.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Little Orpheus review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Secret Mode.

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Charming but linear sci-fi 2.5 platformer
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