Death Squared is a puzzle game with a heavy emphasis on multiplayer and is available on PS NOW. Death Squared can be played in 2 player and 4 player modes and can be played by yourself if you want to do so though obviously the fun factor will be increased with friends. The game’s story revolves around a guy performing tests with AI bots that you get to control. He interacts with the overall AI mainframe and it kind of has a Portal feel to it as far as the way that the dialogue is handled.
There are plenty of funny moments and little cut scenes that end up taking place to give you a little bit more depth of the company that this guy is working for and overall, it was pretty charming. All of Death Squared’s levels are set up kind of like a diorama with your goal being to get each of the colored bots onto their particular colored spot. To do so, of course, you’ll have to control each of them and if you’re playing in a 2 player situation one person controls one and another person the other or if you’re playing by yourself use the left joystick for one and the right joystick for the other.
There is plenty of creativity when it comes to puzzle-solving and Death Squared is always throwing new elements at you so it never ends up getting dull. You will have stuff where one of the robots hits a button that causes spikes to fly out of the ground and take out the other robot. Lasers that you’ll have to either redirect or have one of the robots block it and if it was the same color as the robot they’ll be able to block that laser but of course, it’ll end up taking out the other one if it ends up hitting him.
There’s plenty of movement manipulation basically moving one bot will shift around other blocks and other things in the level that you’re working on so you have to take things very slowly from time to time. Trying to speed through parts you may think you finally have solved and then you end up knocking one of the robots down into the abyss and have to restart. It’s quick-paced so there’s no loading between the deaths so you’re able to get right back in and try again.
It will take you quite a while to get through the main story as it has 80 missions especially as they’re throwing new stuff at you like tripwires and all kinds of elements so you have to really learn how each of these new puzzle things works so that you’re able to get through it and be able to get the robots on the spot in order to complete stages.
There is a little bit of leeway sometimes as I was finding my way able to manipulate some bot movements or just kind of barely get a robot on to a spot in order to get it to count but a lot of times you end up having to truly solve everything and make sure everything was exactly precise in order to move on to the next stage. While you just have the red and blue robots during the main story, if you jump into party mode which can be for up to 4 players you are introduced to a yellow and green robot as well.
All that really changes in the party mode is just the fact that there are all kinds of new situations and new puzzles and a whole lot more chaos going on considering there are more robots. There are 40 levels in the party mode for a total of 120 stages between both. Throughout the course of the game, you will find some hidden collectibles to gather and some customization you can do to the robots mostly just adding decals to them and giving them a little bit more personality like glasses, mustaches, and lightning bolt decals which just adds that little bit of extra flair to Death Squared.
From a technical side of things, Death Squared ran smoothly and I didn’t run into any major glitches, crashing, or slowdown of any sort. Overall if you’re someone who really enjoys puzzle games this may be worth checking out even by yourself though keep in mind the controls take some time getting used to even as I made it farther in the game I was still mixing up which of the joysticks I was using which robot with all the time causing many accidental deaths because of it. I would definitely recommend playing Death Squared with friends as it is a lot more fun.
Death Squared has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Death Squared is a fun little puzzle game that, even after 80 stages, still remains fresh and engaging. Getting the hang of it only takes a few levels, but only the truly gifted will be able to handle some of the later stages solo. Multiplayer is the most fun while playing this game.