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[PlayStation 5] Rebel Transmute Review

[PlayStation 5] Rebel Transmute Review
  • On April 17, 2024

Rebel Transmute from JanduSoft and solo dev Evan Tor Games is a new 2D sci-fi Metroidvania on PlayStation 5. Check out our Rebel Transmute review!


Rebel Transmute from JanduSoft and solo dev Evan Tor Games is a new 2D sci-fi Metroidvania on PlayStation 5. You’ll be taking on the role of Moon Mikono, a space crapper who goes on a mission to find out what happened to her mission mother. There was an explosion at the Foray research station at Terra 6, and her mom, Wendy Mikono, was allegedly killed during the explosion. While approaching Terra 6, an energy explosion damages her spaceship. After crashing, she is awakened by Dr. Inaya, one of the few researchers who survived the outbreak at the Foray facilities. Once you break out of the tank where your wounds were healed, you’ll be ready to explore.

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You’ll control Moon Mikono with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and attacking with the Square button. You can slide by pressing the R2 button. To heal your wounds, you can use the Sparkblood Injector, which you’ll find a few minutes after starting your adventure. You’ll be able to use the Sparkblood you collect by pressing the Circle button. You won’t start with a map right away but will be able to collect a mapping module from your spaceship once you reach the crash site. Once that’s been taken care of, you can open up your map with the Touchpad on the DualSense. This will allow you to see the areas you’ve already explored and review where Repair Stations, elevators, and vendors are located. You will also get to unlock a very useful mid-air dash you can use with the R2 button.


As you defeat enemies, destroy objects, and remove the flora, you’ll be able to collect Red Flux. This will act as the in-game currency, which you can use to, for example, fix a broken Repair Station. You’ll soon find a vendor – known as Clang – so that you can spend your hard-earned Red Flux to purchase some useful stuff. You can buy Living Alloy to strengthen your exo suit and take an extra hit. You can also buy a Foray fuse to repair circuits for power station doors. Maybe you’d like to buy a Blood Magot to infuse a Repair Station with Sparkblood to boost it? There’s also the option of buying some Augments – more on these below.

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Once you collect a Blood Extractor and equip it at the Repair Station, you will be able to increase the Sparkblood you obtain after destroying enemies or shooting down the flora or objects on your path. A Repair Station will allow you to fully heal Moon Mikono, save your progress, and work as a new spawn point. There are many Augments for you to equip, which will change how you approach this mission. You will have Augments such as the HUD, which shows your current state, health cores, Red Flux, and Sparkblood Injectors. The Nuerolon GPS shows precise location information. The Injector Interface allows your exo suit to interface with Sparkblood Injectors. The Foray Expeller protects you from losing Red Flux when dying by ejecting an auxiliary Health Core. Just be sure to go and collect that Health Core after respawning! You have a limit on how many Augments you can equip at any given time, so be sure to mix and match and check out which combinations best suit your playing style and increase your odds of survival.


After finding Dr. Inaya, you’ll learn that you’ll be dealing with the brain of a human that has been transferred to a robotic entity in order to survive. Dr. Inaya managed to save others after the explosion at the Foray facility and placed them in pods to keep them alive for as long as possible. Dr. Inaya kindly asks you to locate everyone who has been placed in a pod and obtain their brain imprint so that they, too, can be placed in a robotic entity to preserve their consciousness. Oh, and it’s been 12 years since you crashed in Terra 6, so you had better hurry up and find your mom since your spaceship managed to locate its signature! You just have to defeat one boss so that Dr. Inaya can download the information and add it to your map.

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Trophy-wise, this one features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. And since it’s a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost. You will be working on separate trophy lists as well, and each list will have a Platinum. The trophies are split into 2 Silver trophies and 11 Gold trophies. What will you need to do for that Platinum trophy? Defeat your first Sparkblood creature, obtain the Blood Extractor, drop a health core, collect said dropped health core and recover it, find your ship after waking up, take the elevator, use the subway for the first time, set a marker on the map, collect the swim perk, find your first brain imprint, talk with Clang, and complete your main objective.

Rebel Transmute is a solid 2D sci-fi Metroidvania worth checking on PlayStation. As Moon Mikono, you’ll end up crashing on Terra 6 while searching for your mother. After waking up, you’ll start to explore the area and will eventually learn it has been 12 years since you crashed, which was certainly unexpected. Will you be able to find out what really happened to your mom? Rebel Transmute is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $19.99 purchase will allow you to download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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This Rebel Transmute review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by JanduSoft.

Review Overview

A solid sci-fi Metroidvania on PlayStation 5