Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, PS4, MAC, PS Vita
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Developer: Fourattic
- Release Date: Feb 13, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://crossingsoulsthegame.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Crossing Souls is a pretty interesting game. Players assume the role of 5 kids—Chris, Charlie, Kevin, Matt and Big Joe—who have found themselves in a weird situation after a lighting strike hit their suburban town. After finding a corpse, the gang discovers a pink stone that they find out has hidden powers to see dead spirits. Of course, like any sane teen or kid would do, they decide to go on an adventure in search of Kevin’s recently dead dog. Crossing Souls sounds ridiculous in nature but trust us folks, that is the appeal of this game so far.
Crossing Souls plays out as an action/adventure title. Players will run, jump, solve simple puzzles and fight against various enemies that range from spiders, rats and even ghosts. The demo for Crossing Souls shows off the 5 characters’ and their unique abilities. For example, Chris is able to climb, swing a bat at enemies and jump. Meanwhile, Charlie—representing the sole female of the group—uses a whip that can be used to attack enemies and propel herself over large areas. Each of the five kids—minus Kevin who seems random in every definition—has a usefulness to them that makes them perfect for an adventure title.
Now, in terms of what you’ll be doing with your ragtag team in Crossing Souls is pretty simple. Go about and explore. Just like what regular kids used to do in the 80s, Crossing Souls feels like an adventure straight out of a kid’s head but in this case, there is an apparent story of evil organizations and mystical artifacts to fuel the narrative. The Crossing Souls demo allowed us here at Honey’s Anime HQ to see the suburb and some of the forest area of the game world but we assume this won’t be a small title as we can already see tons of side quests to take and various goodies to be found.
What really amazed us most about the Crossing Souls demo wasn’t just the adventure game themes, fun characters and great dialogue. No, what wowed us the most was the 80s aesthetics that flood every orifice of Crossing Souls. Not only are cutscenes done with an 80s cartoon playing on a VHS—no DVDs or Blu Rays in the 80s, folks—motif but even the music and in game graphics look 80s focused. It might not push your PC to the limits of its graphics card, but Crossing Souls will appeal to those who love the NES or Sega Genesis age. We can only pray there will be even more 80s themed art and music in the full release of Crossing Souls.
Now, if we have any complaints about Crossing Souls—and there’s only one in our minds—it is the keyboard and mouse controls. When you boot Crossing Souls up, it tells you to use a gamepad for optimized performance. This is a very true statement, folks. Crossing Souls plays wonderfully with every jump and action feeling perfect on an Xbox One controller. Though things change with a keyboard and mouse as Crossing Souls then feels clunky. We lost tons of hearts and wasted our stamina meters trying to make simple jumps that were easy as pie with a controller plugged in when using the keyboard and mouse instead. Trust us, play Crossing Fields only with a controller and you’ll be happy.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Awesome 80s visuals and cartoon animations
- Solid action gameplay
- Tons of references to the 80s
- Comedic narration
- Fun cast of characters
- Keyboard and mouse controls are definitely to be avoided