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[PlayStation 5] Ravva and the Phantom Library Review

[PlayStation 5] Ravva and the Phantom Library Review
EdEN
  • On January 9, 2024

Ravva and the Phantom Library from eastasiasoft and Galope Studio is an old-school-infused 2D action platformer on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Ravva and the Phantom Library review!

 

Ravva and the Phantom Library from eastasiasoft and Galope Studios is an old-school-infused 2D action platformer on PlayStation 5. This one follows on what Ravva and the Cyclops Curse did before it, giving us a game that has been clearly inspired by games from the Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. the NES – but do know that this is not going to be an NES-hard journey. This time around, you’ll be exploring magical books from the titular location that mysteriously appears at random intervals all over the world.

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After completing the intro level, The Forgotten Forest, you’ll be able to take on the rest in any order by choosing the corresponding tome. The other levels are Shipwreck Island, The Eyeless King, Melvy and the Whale, Jester’s Trick House, The Dragon Hunter, and Silver Fangs. Since Ravva starts with all the different attacks available right away, this is not a Mega Man-style scenario in which you’d have to take on the different levels in a specific order, so you’re free to dive into any of them.

 

You’ll control Ravva with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and attacking with the Square button. You’ll be joined on this adventure by five different companions that you can switch between by pressing the L1 and R1 buttons as needed. Each of these companions will perform a different action. The green blob will launch an explosive gloop. The red devilish creature will shoot upwards at an angle. The blue chill summon will launch a fast attack that can freeze some enemies and spike-like enemies. As for the yellow one, its power will reveal hidden blocks or items.

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If you want to 100% the game, then for each level you’ll need to grab every single coin, defeat all enemies, and use the yellow summon to reveal all special hidden blocks so that you can then destroy them. That last part is very important since if you don’t destroy a block, it won’t count. You don’t need to complete all of these objectives at the same time, so if you miss any of them, you can always replay a level by jumping back into that book.

 

The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum to offer, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title, your purchase can reward you with both the PS4 and PS5 versions and each one will have a separate trophy list. Each list has a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies for you to work on. There will be trophies for beating each of the game’s bosses, as well as some that will pop for completing miscellaneous objectives, such as revealing 25 invisible items without leaving the game. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Ravva and the Phantom Library Trophy Guide.

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Ravva and the Phantom Library is an old-school-infused 2D action platformer on PlayStation. It follows what its predecessor did while giving us more content to enjoy. With 7 levels to offer and one final boss fight against a large and dangerous entity, there’s something for fans of Nes-style games to check out. Ravva and the Phantom Library is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $9.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of this game at no extra cost.

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Disclaimer
This Ravva and the Phantom Library review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

Review Overview

Fun old-school-style 2D action platformer on PS5
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