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[PlayStation 5] The Prisoner of the Night Review

[PlayStation 5] The Prisoner of the Night Review
EdEN
  • On June 10, 2024

The Prisoner of the Night from eastasiasoft and RMAL is a 2.5D platformer in which you must survive deadly traps and monsters. Check out our The Prisoner of the Night review!

 

The Prisoner of the Night from eastasiasoft and RMAL is a 2.5D platformer in which you must survive deadly traps and monsters. You’ll be playing as Nartide, a young girl who lived in the comfort of her home with her family. Unfortunately, one night, she decides to sleep without a blanket, going against her grandmother’s advice. Because of this, the night wind – known as Curvina – sweeps in and drags Nartide into the endless nightmare of the darkest of nights. Will you be able to help her escape before it’s too late?

 

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You’ll move your character with the left analog stick as you jump with the X button. Pressing the Square button will perform an action, such as running when you press it and hold it down or pushing and pulling a crate as needed. Nartide can change into different outfits that she will collect along the way. You can switch between them by pressing the L1 and R1 buttons. These include examples such as a princess outfit she can use to float for a bit after jumping, which will help her clear some longer gaps. That outfit, in particular, will make her jump slightly shorter, so there’s a trade-off.

 

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Unfortunately, the game is severely lacking in many aspects. The gameplay feels oddly sluggish and floaty, with jumps in particular leading to many deaths. Level design is also sloppy, and hazards and trap placement are definitely cheesy. I also ran into many bugs that forced me to close the game and open it up to try and carry on. One time, a platform ended up disappearing, thus keeping me from completing the level. Another time, a block on the floor stretched into an oval that blocked my path. And then, Nartine was stretched like a thin pancake, which made it impossible to progress.

 

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Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to try and add this one to your collection. And since it’s a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can work on two Platinum trophies since each version has its own trophy list. Each list is a short one with only 11 Gold trophies for you to work on. The objectives include changing into the daily girl, princess, sleepwear, and lost girl outfits, dying 5, 15, and 30 times, destroying 12 traps, riding for the first time, and finding the cats in chapter 1 on levels 2, 4, and 8.

 

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The Prisoner of the Night is a 2.5D platformer in which you must survive deadly traps and monsters. After Nartine is swept away by the night wind known as Curvina, she ends up in an endless cycle of darkness and terror. It’s up to you to try and help her escape before it’s too late. Unfortunately, the gameplay suffers from some sluggish platforming, as well as several bugs that make this more of a hassle than a source of entertainment. The Prisoner of the Night is available as a Cross-Buy release, so your $14.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This The Prisoner of the Night review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

Review Overview

2.5 platformer that lacks a fun factor
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