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[PlayStation 5] S.O.L. Search of Light Review

[PlayStation 5] S.O.L. Search of Light Review
  • On May 3, 2024

S.O.L. Search of Light from Firenut, Trigger the Monster, and Fas3 Estudio is a steampunk survival adventure set in a dark fantasy world. Check out our S.O.L. Search of Light review!


S.O.L. Search of Light from Firenut, Trigger the Monster, and Fas3 Estudio is a steampunk survival adventure set in a dark fantasy world. You’ll be taking on the role of The Foreigner, who has been trapped in an unknown reality after your last jump. You’ll have to explore this world to search for energy to be able to continue your journey. The game is presented from a 2.5D perspective with a very minimalist look that could easily pass as a late-gen PlayStation 2 game or early-gen release for Sony’s PlayStation 3.

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As you start, you’ll be told that you can add Advantages to your run so that you can make the most of your time with S.O.L. Search of Light. These are split between Villagers and Skills. To unlock them, you’ll have to complete objectives such as upgrading 7 robots in one game, defeating 5 enemies in one game, or receiving 5 damage in one game. More slots for equipping Advantages will be unlocked as you move deeper and deeper. For Villagers, Advantages will unlock at depths 8 and 15. For Skills, they will unlock at depths 5, 12, and 20. This is how you’ll be able to slowly but surely make some progress.


You’ll control your character using the left analog stick, making him jump with the X button. The Circle button will be used to drop an energy crystal. You can also attack with the Square button. Your first task is to get a new allied robot to aid you on your quest. The good news is that there’s an old inactive robot. All you need to do to bring it into your group is to drop an energy crystal in front of it. You need to protect the core from damage. When someone attacks the core, you’ll lose some life. If your life reaches 0, then it’s game over! The twist is that your life bar is equal to the energy crystals. This means that you need to be careful when you upgrade because you could end up with little to no life.

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You can use energy crystals to role posts. This will create a tool that will allow one of your unassigned robots to take on a new job. Will you add a warrior robot or a constructor robot? A warrior robot will defend the village and sometimes mine for more energy crystals. A constructor robot is also important since it will build the village’s defenses. On top of that, you can also build defenses during your adventure as long as you have an available constructor robot and enough energy crystals to pay for it.


To speed up the process and keep the cycle going, you’ll have to enter the black hole. The black hole will allow you to travel to a random reality to search for resources. The deeper you go, the bigger the challenge, but the higher the potential reward. The bad news is that the black hole can become corrupted when returning to the village from the depths of the black hole. If this happens, enemies will start to attack the village. As you travel through the black hole, you’ll be taking on a roguelite journey as you move from node to node. You’ll be able to tell what each node has to offer by looking at its icon.

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You can find nodes for chests, puzzles, data, enemies, robots, and bosses or run into a random node, which could throw you into any of the aforementioned node types minus a boss node. At a data node, you’ll be able to add new items to the forge. Robots nodes will allow you to collect more robots for the village. You’ll find a ton of resources at a treasure chest node. For puzzles, you’ll find blue particles to activate by pressing the L1 button so that you can move elements and place them in the right spot so that you can continue with your journey. You’ll move a cursor around the screen and press the X button to place it in the area so that you can progress further. As expected, an enemies node will go heavy on having to battle against a series of enemies. The boss node will conjure up a large enemy that will attack the village.


The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you at the end of your journey. The list includes 9 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 2 Gold trophies for you to work on. What will you need to do for this Platinum? You’ll have to solve your first puzzle, buy your first item in the black hole, buy 10 items in the black hole, create your first upgrade, and then create 10 and 30 upgrades, build your first sentry tower, have your base destroyed, and reach depth levels 3, 10, and 25, to name some examples.

After getting to depth 25 and having the trophy unlocked, the game became unplayable. It chugged along at a single frame per second at most, tried to constantly save, and it didn’t even allow me to pause the game so that I could try to quit to the main menu. Closing the game and trying to start again wouldn’t fix it, so I was forced to quit for good. It’s a buggy mess with wonky physics. The developer certainly knew this was the case because they added an option in the pause menu for you to just skip the current node. Selecting this will send you back to the village as if nothing bad had happened, and you’ll be able to select the next node on your path.

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S.O.L. Search of Light is a steampunk survival adventure set in a dark fantasy world. It will play as a roguelite 2.5D base defense/exploration game with some mild combat. Unfortunately, it’s a buggy mess with wonky physics, characters and objects that become stuck on walls, and dull puzzles that repeat over and over again…. sometimes multiple times in a row in the same node! S.O.L. Search of Light is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version available for the same price as a separate purchase.You should avoid both.

This S.O.L. Search of Light review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Firenut.

Review Overview

A buggy mess that should be avoided