[Review] Deleveled – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: ToasterFuel, Rain Delay Games
  • Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
  • Release Date: 10/09/2020
  • Price: £7.49 / $9.99
  • Review code provided by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild

Introducing: Deleveled Switch Review

Puzzle games have never been my cup of tea.  Games like Tetris and Meteos stretch the genre of puzzle game a little far, but those are the most complicated versions of puzzle games that I can confidently say that I ‘understand.’  Deleveled however, is one I cannot wrap my head around.

S.T.A.R.S.

Deleveled is a physics-based platform puzzle game in which you control 2 cubes at the same time.  Move ‘em to the left, move ‘em to the right.  Your goal is to activate each of these switches, by pressing A when both cubes are touching at least one each, then get both cubes into these lit up areas.  Each level plays like this and you receive stars which act as your progress to the final level, and in turn, the rest of the game.  You can also hold B to reset the positions of the squares.

One of the biggest issues with this game is the star system.  Puzzle games shouldn’t hold the player to a “do it right the first time” principle, which is how Deleveled will prove it’s frustrating gameplay to you.  The puzzle’s answer is not immediately clear in most cases, it’ll take a lot of thought to figure out how to bounce one cube to one area, then bounce the other cube to the other area.  You may not complete each level on your first try.  Unfortunately, if you fail, or end up having to reset the positions of your squares, you lose your chance to earn a star, ultimately losing your ability to move on in the game.

Each final level of each of the 12 worlds is locked by a number of stars you need to collect.  With each world growing in difficulty, each star becomes harder to get as well.  Not every level can be done in one go, and it would have been nice for Deleveled to consider that.  If you do end up needing to reset your position, or you make a mistake, you can reset the level from the pause menu, which will reset your progress on the level, deactivating any switches you’ve already activated.  It can be quite discouraging to watch your progress reverse so fast just because the game forces you to do everything perfect the first time in order to move on.

Final Thoughts

Deleveled is a game that prides itself on expecting the player to complete each puzzle their first time.    Yes, B resets the your position, but you lose your ability to gain a star from completion, which means you’ll have to rest the level and start over in an attempt to do it all again in one swoop.  It’s well designed, fun to look at, and offers unique and difficult challenges for the puzzle lover, but I was just not up to the challenges this game posed.  Hopefully puzzle lovers everywhere will enjoy and overcome the puzzles in Deleveled!

Pros

  • Quick and easy to pick up
  • Levels move fast
  • Poses real challenge

Cons

  • Requires puzzles be completed in one run
  • Mistakes cost you progress to next worlds
  • Too many button presses to restart level

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