Platform Reviewed: PS4
Platforms Available: PC, PS4
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: February 13, 2018
This review is based on a pre-release review code by Devolver Digital.
It’s 1986 and a group of friends, Chris, his brother Kevin, and neighbors Matt, Charlie, and Big Joe find a mysterious object (and a dead body, of course) that forever changes their lives. The Duat is a stone that allows the five to see spirits. This includes spirits from the Stone Age, recently departed, and animals. This enormous power has drastic consequences, and it is an artifact that’s desperately sought by a villain who plans to use it for his own selfish and catastrophic desires. Chris and his friends are then faced with the almost impossible task of protecting the stone and saving all humanity from the villain’s plans.
You control all five and each has their own unique ability; Chris, for example, can climb. Big Joe can move heavy objects. The game forces you to use their abilities together at the right moment and at the right time, signifying the teamwork required to proceed. You will need to use them strategically, especially and most importantly, during boss battles and quick sequences. Solving puzzles, for example, may require the quick use of Matt’s hovering ability and Charlie’s speed.
Besides the nature to cleverly use each individuals’ skill, the game also contains challenges that are unique in gameplay but still reminiscent of 80s video games. So every experience becomes different and drives you away from the standard jumping and puzzle-solving and heightens the action and puts on the pressure—from riding your bike while avoiding obstacles (think 1985’s Excitebike) to evading blasts coming from aircrafts (think 1984’s 1942).