[PlayStation 5] Excessive Trim Review
Excessive Trim from eastasiasoft and Panda Indie Studio is a minimalist 3D autoscroller in which you must wreak havoc with your spaceship, which is equipped with a rotating buzzsaw. Check our Excessive Trim review!
Excessive Trim from eastasiasoft and Panda Indie Studio is a minimalist 3D autoscrooller in which you must wreak havoc with your spaceship, which is equipped with a rotating buzzsaw. It’s an arcade-style experience in which you’ll be taking control of an alien piloting a flying saucer. His goal? To collect precious leaves that he can use to create huge blunts to smoke. Nothing more, and nothing less. You have a limited amount of hit points, which are shown on the upper left part of the screen. Make too many mistakes and run out of hit points, and it’s game over, and you’ll have to start from the first level.
Given its arcade-style nature, the controls are going to be simple and to the point. You’ll control your flying buzzsaw saucer with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, dashing with the X button. You can dash forward, or dash in another direction by combining pressing the X button with pressing a direction on the left analog stick or the D-Pad. The dash will be how you attack enemies and clear obstacles on your path, such as the stacked boxes you’ll find along the way. It’s also how you make the glowing leaves appear so that you can collect them.
While progressing through each run, you’ll find a weird-looking merchant running the aptly titled Weird Store. While there, you’ll be able to collect one special item for your run. These items include the Grass Magnet, or the Burn the Crops! Item that will leave a trail of fire behind you when you dash. You could also grab a Speed Up to boost your vehicle’s overall speed. Another example is the Faster Dash which, as its name suggests, will make your dash ability charge at a much faster pace.
As you can tell from the screens and trailer for this Excessive Trim review, the game is presented with a black, white, and red color palette. This is what Excessive Trim refers to as the Classic color palette. You have other options to consider, such as Night, Vga, Olive, Sunburn, 420, Summer_Memories, and Vintage. Be sure to try all of them so that you can see which one feels right for your runs!
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. And since this one is a Cross-Buy title, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, with each one featuring its own separate trophy list. Those lists will each have a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold for you to work on. The objectives include defeating 10, 20, and 30 enemies, dashing 10, 20, 30, and 40 times, and getting up to level 6. If you need some extra tips, you can check out this Excessive Trim Trophy Guide.
Excessive Trim is a minimalist 3D autoscrooller in which you must wreak havoc with your spaceship, which is equipped with a rotating buzzsaw. It’s a simple gameplay loop that is a bit similar to other games from, such as shoot ‘em ups Void Gore and Project Starship X, but Excessive Trim does not have as much variety as either one of them, which makes the whole thing a bit too repetitive. Excessive Trim is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at no extra cost.
This Excessive Trim review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.