As a gamer, there’s nothing more satisfying than introducing your non-gaming friends and loved ones to your passions. While some games lend themselves better to beginners than others, I can definitely say SMG Studio‘s Death Squared encourages players -gamers and non-gamers alike- to test their friendship and patience in some of the challenging, hilarious experiences this game has to offer. At this year’s PAX East I was fortunate enough to demo this hidden gem of a game, so without further ado let’s jump into some of the most prominent details about the game!
Death Squared- The Concept:
At its core, Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where up to 4- players can work together to overcome different hazards and obstacles, or at the very least try not to accidentally kill one another! Each player controls a colored robot that interacts with the level according to its color. Together, you all face barriers keeping the robots from following their intended path, and use the assets you have in each other to maneuver around!
Death Squared- Game Features:
- The perfect puzzle gateway game for you to play with your “non-gamer” partner
- 1 or 2 Player ‘teamwork’ story mode with 80 challenging levels
- 2 or 4 player party/chaos/family mode with 40 insane levels
- 10+ hrs of puzzling co-op gameplay
- Includes 30 “Vault” 2 and 4 player levels for those who want an even bigger challenge. Deemed too hard for the main game with more coming post launch for FREE!
- best enjoyed in couch co-op with a friend or three sitting by your side, enabling you to cover each other’s back or simply just trash talk them when they die unnecessarily.
- Play by yourself in “Lonely Co-op” mode if you can’t find a co-op partner.
Death Squared- Likes and Dislikes:
Death Squared really sells what its aiming to do for the player. It’s a solid puzzle game with a fun atmosphere for casual co- op gaming, and it really shows in the game design. The game mechanics are intuitive and easy to use, and the puzzles themselves are constantly increasing in difficulty, providing a fun challenge with a group of friends. The level designs are also clean. Although the game can be played solo, it loses much of it’s charm in doing so. Part of the satisfaction is getting to see the reaction of whom you may have accidentally just killed- or giving that person a death glare for killing you! The campaign story mode is on the simpler side, but it is only sprinkled in as a transition between the well crafted puzzles. Sound wise, the game is solid. A little bit of extra background sound wouldn’t hurt it, but there’s nothing wrong with listening to the adorable little bots beep and boop their hearts out. At the end of the day, this is definitely a game I’ll be adding to my list of party games!
Interested in Death Squared? Pick up the game for 19.99$ USD, available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One!