6Soulsby Mikhail Dec 1, 2021 | 1 Votes | 36 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate 6Souls is an action-packed platformer by BUG-Studio and published by Ratalaika Games. It is a retro-style 2D platformer where you play as Jack and his faithful furry companion Butch, and your role is to explore and unravel the secrets of the Clifford Castle by avoiding traps, beating enemies, and powerful bosses. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Retro-style games are becoming a staple in every gamer’s library. In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of platformers and Metroidvania-style games. Some have even won awards, while others secured their spots in the last generation’s hall of fame.
We’re still seeing the influx of many of these games, and 6Souls is one of them. If Celeste and Castlevania had a baby, it would be this game. This 2D adventure platformer puts you in the shoes of two characters, Jack and his pup Butch. As them, you’ll explore an abandoned castle, dealing with a variety of enemies, bosses, and difficult-to-navigate terrain that would pose a challenge to even the best platformer fans out there.
6Souls manages to hold up well against its more popular peers, and with it releasing fairly soon on December 4th, 2021, should you consider giving it a shot? Well, we do think it could end up being a household name in adventure-platformers, but if you’re unconvinced, let’s check out what it has to offer:
In 6Souls, you’ll take control of two ardent adventurers, Jack and his loyal canine Butch. As these two, you’ll go on an exciting quest to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned castle owned by the Clifford family. Though the tone and dialogue are somewhat lighthearted, the story keeps you engaged, with Jack and Butch having a rather interesting dynamic. Without diving that deep into spoiler territory, the goal is to free the souls of the Cliffords, which a dark wizard trapped. You’ll explore the story through well-crafted flashbacks, and despite its pixelated nature, it does well in conveying the theme.
6Souls is a tight 2D adventure platformer with navigation and design elements akin to Celeste with a simplified combat system. You’ll traverse Clifford Castle’s labyrinth-like dungeons and treacherous towers that are full of traps, thorns, and, of course, enemies. These range from undead skeletons and giant spiders to enchanted books that will strike you and self-destruct on sight. Thankfully, you have a trusty sword that will help you strike enemies and let you block enemy attacks three times in quick succession. In the latter parts of the game, you can switch to a bow and arrow.
6Souls is an incredibly tough game to beat. Though a relatively short experience, it has a steep learning curve. Thankfully, the game doesn’t throw you into the pit of thorns immediately; you’ll gradually face more complex and tricky levels as you progress. In any case, these levels will require more brainpower since you may have to approach them like a puzzle. The dash mechanic, in particular, stands out. You need to plan your way out of every level, and thankfully, you can use your binoculars to get a good grasp of the landscape and think about where to dash, jump, and fight.
In 6Souls, you’ll get to play as both Jack and Butch, each with a different set of capabilities. Most of the time, you’ll take the mantle of Jack, who can dash, jump, and fight. Meanwhile, you’ll have to play as Butch to grab items, especially keys and collectibles like coins and bacon, hidden in areas his owner can’t access. Playing as him in short sequences requires a pacifist approach: you have to make full use of his double-jump ability to dodge enemies to return to Jack safely. Switching between these two is a unique approach that adds variety and keeps everything fresh.
6Souls is divided into several chapters that correspond to Clifford Castle’s various locales, like the dungeon, library, and towers. After each chapter, you’ll face a boss which holds one of the inhabitants’ souls. Freeing them will grant you a new way to explore the castle and deal with the obstacles that come your way.
6Souls can be played on either a keyboard or a gamepad, though it’s best to play it on the latter. It also does a good job of localizing the hardware. For example, if you use a Dualshock 4 controller, the game will display its respective buttons. This warrants a mention simply because other games somehow aren’t able to do something as simple yet meaningful as this.
If you’re looking to explore Clifford Castle with a friend, you won’t be able to. 6Souls is solely a single-player experience. However, if you’d like to discuss the game, it has a sizeable community on Steam.
In terms of presentation, 6Souls may not be the most photorealistic game out there, but its retro-style elements are nothing short of fantastic. Though on the simple side, everything looks like a late 90s platformer, making it more likely for it to sate the cravings of nostalgia older players may have. The same can be said about the music, and though the voice acting is gibberish, it does the job well. Finally, it can run well even on a potato laptop, making it a game even for non-gamers.
Overall, 6Souls is nothing short of fantastic and is undoubtedly something platformer enthusiasts NEED to have on their library. Thanks to its level design and gameplay that manages to merge several elements seamlessly, it could end up being a household name and deserves a top spot in your gaming library.
So, go on an adventure with Jack and Butch and free the souls of the Clifford family!