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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Squad Killer Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • 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.

Squad Killer Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

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.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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