Developer: Squidlit Ink
Publisher: Squidlit Ink
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 14/01/2020
Price: £1.39/$1.99
Reviewed By: Chicken_Perm
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

[ Introduction ]

Squidlit is a brief simple-minded cutesy action platformer inspired by 1990’s handheld games. Skwit Skwot has been brewing up some trouble, and you need to defeat him to stop his madness.

squidlit cute

[ Gameplay ]

The objective of the gameplay is to traverse platform levels while avoiding enemies. The squidlit can jump, but if you press the jump button again, it will drop an inkblot straight down. The ink is your attack that will either kill or stun the enemies. Really that is all there is to the gameplay, and honestly, the jump and attack are pretty precise. It is always much appreciated when a platforming game produces a quality accurate jump. There are a few bosses in the game that have some clever indirect ways of being defeated. I am not sure if I got lucky, but I figured out how to defeat them almost immediately.

squidlit jump

[ Visual and Perfomance ]

The game certainly looks like a retro game in an ugly puke green and black visual style. It is for sure, on the simplistic end, but that is what the creators were going for. The handheld console on the side of the screen was a nice addition to contrast the action screen. If the sidebars bother you, then they can easily be removed with the press of a button.

There were no performance issues or bugs found.

squidlit flying

[ Sound ]

Much like the graphics; the audio gives off retro vibes. The music is nothing special though with the sound effect fitting the action. I feel the focus was more on 90s handheld pixel visual presentation over the sound design.

squidlit boss

[ Conclusion ]

Squidlit is extremely short and easy as in it took me at most 25 minutes to beat. Even at $1.99, it is difficult to recommend, but that is not to say the game is bad by any means. It was a fun experience, but it will definitely leave you wanting way more. This title feels like it should be a free demo of a much larger adventure.
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