Removed from stressed, I’m fairly drained.
It’s tough to seek out one thing to say about Restless Soul, partially as a result of it’s a sport with so little to say itself. At its core, the sport is a story journey drawing such apparent inspiration from Undertale that a number of individuals I’ve proven it have instantly made the comparability. You play as a anonymous ghost, not too long ago deceased and attempting to flee the afterlife to be able to settle the unfinished enterprise they left behind. So as to take action, you should acquire eight keys to open the portal again to life earlier than the villainous Dr. Krull can discover them. The plot is paper skinny with few characters that matter, and even Dr. Krull has little or no characterization in addition to merely Being Evil.
With so little focus given to the plot you might assume that Restless Soul is much less about story and extra concerning the Bullet Hell model gameplay it advertises, however the Bullet Hell segments make up a small fraction of the sport’s runtime. You solely actually battle throughout the dungeons that home the eight keys, which every have about 5 encounters adopted by a boss battle. Every encounter lasts 30 seconds at most and barely options greater than a small handful of enemies. The fight itself isn’t even significantly thrilling; enemies transfer slowly and their bullets are easy to dodge. The boss fights on the finish of a dungeon are simply the most effective fights the sport has to supply, however the bar for high quality there may be fairly low.
Exterior of dungeons the sport nearly totally depends on narrative journey gameplay that has you strolling around the globe and speaking to NPCs to advance the story. Sometimes you’ll get some puzzles to cope with, that are largely primarily based round sliding objects round a grid to get them into particular locations. At one level you play a miniature Tower Protection sport that’s even much less developed than the Bullet Hell fight, and a late-sport sequence incorporates a stealth part that’s so unforgivably irritating that it finally made me give up the sport totally with seven of the eight portal keys collected.
In the end, Restless Soul’s heavy give attention to narrative means that it’s going to dwell and die primarily based on how nicely its humor lands for you. Comedy is clearly extremely subjective, however for me it was the sport’s greatest weak spot. Jokes and gags are extremely frequent with a punchline roughly each three strains of dialogue. There actually wasn’t a single joke that landed for me, with most of them both being fourth wall humor or the type of factor you’d see in a Fb publish that your grandma forwarded to you.
A really early scene had me run right into a cat, prompting the narrator to say “Cats seen: 1 out of 1000.” The participant character then complained “That’s lots! I’ll by no means unlock that achievement!” The narrator responds “Cats seen: 1 out of 10.” The participant character once more complains that that’s now too straightforward, prompting the narrator to declare that the achievement has now been destroyed. The participant character asks “So the achievement is each locked and unlocked?” which led to the narrator curtly ordering me to easily play the sport. A later scene had an NPC warn me to behave as a result of “the person upstairs” is watching. The participant character replied “You imply God is actual?” which led to the digicam turning and revealing a person standing on a balcony above me. I contemplate these to be the most effective jokes within the sport, and I don’t imply that as a complement.
In the event you assume that these jokes are intelligent and hilarious, you’ll possible take pleasure in Restless Soul. Sadly I didn’t discover any of them to be very humorous, which was solely exacerbated by the non-cease parade of makes an attempt at humor. The writing is simply not superb, which may have been effective if there was an excellent sport to get hooked up to, however that sadly isn’t the case. Between poor writing and gameplay with much less depth than a Mario Get together minigame, Restless Soul merely doesn’t have something I feel is price seeing.