Welcome to our Earthnight review. An auto-runner featuring hand-drawn graphics, Earthnight was originally announced in 2014 and has just made its way to consoles including the PS4.
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Apple Arcade
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Cleaversoft
- Publisher: Cleaversoft
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: December 3rd, 2019 (January 23rd, 2020 In U.S)
- Price: £14.99 (U.K)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K)
- Review Code Provided
Taking place during a dragon apocalypse, Earthnight sees you take on the role of two different characters as you skydive down to earth whilst taking on a few dragons in the process.
At first, the game starts off in as frustrating a way as is possible as it offers you no real idea of what ging on other than a few vague hints that leave little to the imagination.
Once things start to fall into place, the game’s premise is quite simple to grasp. You have two characters to choose from, Stanley who has the ability to jump far, and Sydney who can double jump. Both characters have to work their way from space through 5 different levels (dragons). Each of the 5 levels is relatively short, but the challenge lies within navigating each one with a series of well-timed jumps to collect items and chain together bounce attacks on enemies.
At the end of each dragon, players will take on the head by precisely timing their hits to do as much damage as possible before the clock hits zero.
5 short levels is a bit of a letdown as it really doesn’t take long to complete the game in the sense of getting from point A to point B. Other than the levels themselves there’s not really anything else on offer to give the game a bit of extra playability.
The above point made, there are plenty of secrets nestled amongst the game’s levels such as hidden power-ups, secrets paths, and plenty more to please anyone who loves a bit of off the track exploring.
Collecting items, dragon eggs, and other things awards the player with water which can be traded for various upgrades for each character. These upgrades aim to make things a bit easier and allow you to experiment with different ways of completing the levels if you so wish.
Admittedly when I started the game I found the timing to be an issue and it just seemed as if the game was poorly made but as I played more and more my timing got better and I soon started to find myself racking up combos at a decent rate.
The field of view is rather annoying and unfortunately, nothing changes that and you’ll be left to get used to having to guess if danger is coming up or not and this ultimately leads to some frustrating moments.
Hand-drawn graphics are perhaps one of the strongest points of this game and there’s no denying it looks stunning as far as 2D side scrollers go. Both characters have been lovingly drawn and brought to life as well as the levels that take place upon dragons.
Earthnight is one of those games that has been lovingly designed and is a treasure to play. Its length is on the disappointing side and it does take some getting used to, but if you can pass these hurdles it’s definitely a worthwhile play.
That concludes our Earthnight review. To purchase the game on PlayStation 4 check out the link below.