Squad Killer Review (PlayStation 4)
Recalling the straightforward and addictive challenge of 8-bit classics, Squad Killer puts you in control of a retro arcade experience with a little modern flair. Graphics are presented in pixelated two-tone style but offer a touch of detail, customization, and precision that pushes beyond the limits of its inspirations.
- Nice pixel art graphics.
- 288.3MB download size.
- Platinum trophy.
- Works on Playstation 5.
- Four color palettes- Blue, red, green, and purple.
- 3 game modes- main mode, boss rush, and stacked deck.
- Platform shooter gameplay.
- Plays out a lot like a shmup/bullet hell but with platforms.
- Goal-kill all enemies and exit the level.
- Levels randomize every life.
- Coins and health drop from enemies.
- Buy upgrades between levels with coins.
- 16 upgrades to use from cluster Bombs to magnets and more health.
- Can flip tables to use as cover.
- Slide to avoid gunfire and lasers.
- Pixelated blood splatter.
- Responsive controls.
- Gets quite addictive.
- Fast loading times.
- Very easy Platinum trophy.
- Big Boss battles.
- You can only shoot left and right.
- No tutorials.
- Only one control layout.
- Little replay value.
- The screen gets really busy and it’s hard to keep track of everything happening.
- Cannot turn off the pixelated blood splatter.
- Graphics - 7/107/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
Squad Killer is a curious title, it starts off as just a shooter with platform mechanics, it soon introduces little bits like the ability to flip a table for cover or blow up explosive boxes. For me it changes it all up by adding a lot of Shmup mechanics like bullet hell enemies, you have a knee slide to avoid trouble and it all gets mani quick time. What it meant was the game initially started off feeling a bit basic and kinda one-note but it soon becomes this multi-layered challenge where it all runs really well and it starts to rely on your reflexes for maximum room clears. Hours melted away as I went from room to room, I got the Platinum trophy a long time ago but I’m still here because the game plays really well. I eventually broke its hold as my old eyes couldn’t keep up with all the projectiles and how they start to all look like the level itself! Overall Killer Squad is a platform shooter that’s worth checking out.