Spitlings is a hardcore arcade game for 1 to 4 players and is available on PS NOW. Spitlings actually feels more like a puzzle game to me than an arcade game and I’m not usually a big fan of puzzle games but this was quite fun with friends… The story and gameplay are fairly basic, these creepy and yet oddly adorable-looking Spitlings are minding their own business when all of a sudden, some giant purple gunk is raining from the sky. Your friends are being captured and held against their will and everyone is being consumed by this gooey menace.
This leaves you and potentially a couple of buddies to rescue your friends and destroy the sticky evil. Most of this game’s UI and overall feel are very colorful and the menus are vibrant with color. The music is also very energetic and fits with the game’s overall aesthetic. In single-player Spitlings is actually kind of fun and remember how I said it felt more like a puzzler well it’s like an action puzzler. To beat most levels, you’re going to need to spit on the enemies to take them out without getting hit once, a strange concept I know but it works.
It’s easier said than done though because some bounce around or even go through walls for example to mess with you plus you can only fire a certain number of times before you have to collect more spit. Anyway, it requires you to think a bit especially as you get deeper into the game with 200 levels though I expect this could keep you and some friends occupied for a while.
Speaking of friends, I did happen to try this out with a group of 4 in the local party mode but we were quickly struggling to enjoy ourselves and ended up tossing it aside for other stuff. The issue I found was that if just one of you dies the game stops and resets for you all to try again. This goes on and on until you almost get it right and mess it up and eventually one of you becomes demoralized from getting the others killed as there is just too much chaos on the screen.
Now the mutators did in fact help a bit as we could make it easier for 4 people or just change everything up and have a silly time. I personally think Spitlings serves itself better as a 2-player cooperative experience going through the campaign as this would be less of a mess on screen and you’re going into this knowing that you have to work together and solve these nifty puzzles together. The mechanics overall doesn’t help the game that much as sometimes it feels like you had to press too many buttons in this fast-paced game. We initially thought we could face each other in party mode. I think not having this feature sort of hurts it a bit.
One thing I did enjoy was unlocking more characters as there are no microtransactions, you just play through the game and you can get more cubes to play as which was satisfying. Overall, this is not something I usually play out of my own but I was somewhat surprised because I did enjoy playing this with a buddy. If you can get a co-op buddy to play the campaign with you both of you might even happily burn away some time grinding a bunch of levels. If you enjoy puzzle games then you will definitely enjoy the challenge of this game with friends.
Spitlings has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Spitlings has a fantastic soundtrack, beautiful visual design, and plenty of character variation but this game performs better when you either play solo or with a co-op buddy because 4 players are just too chaotic, frustrating, and unnecessarily complex.