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  • Summary: Rock Pocket Games' "Shiftlings", a platform puzzler, which can be played both alone or with a friend, revolves around two Alien Twins who are attached to each other through a cable. In single player mode the player can switch the controls between the two aliens on top of switchingRock Pocket Games' "Shiftlings", a platform puzzler, which can be played both alone or with a friend, revolves around two Alien Twins who are attached to each other through a cable. In single player mode the player can switch the controls between the two aliens on top of switching the size of the two, while in co-op mode, each player controls one of the two twins. Switching size between the two characters is an important part of getting through the tricky puzzles. The smaller size enables higher jumps while the bigger Twin can't jump but instead is able to push boxes and can be used as a trampoline by the smaller counterpart. The Cable, that connects to two Twins, provides both challenges but also solutions to get the two through the puzzles and to the end goal of each level. Expand
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  1. Pelit (Finland)
    May 13, 2015
    79
    Sierra is back. Not with a bang, but not with a whimper either. Shiftlings is a decent platformer that is best enjoyed with a puzzle minded friend. [Apr 2015]
  2. Mar 12, 2015
    75
    And interesting puzzle platform, despite the low difficulty level and a general lack of content. The cooperative mode really shines, offering an entirely new experience.
  3. Mar 11, 2015
    74
    In the never-ending universe of puzzlers/platformers, Shiftlings has some interesting idea and an original twist, but some repetitive gameplay elements and a steep difficulty curve prevent the game from fulfilling its potential.
  4. 60
    From the opening cut scene through to the various platforming puzzles, Shiftlings feels like more than just a simple platformer with a gimmick. Instead of inserting a joke and then going about the level design like it never happened, here the joke is very integral part of the experience.
  5. Mar 9, 2015
    50
    Its gameplay mechanics are fresh and innovative, but it's also so repetitive than you will be tired of it minutes after you start to play.
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  1. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Shiftlings
    A puzzle game that will have you pulling your hair.
    There isn’t much of a story here, an alien drinks some block hola cola, gets
    Shiftlings
    A puzzle game that will have you pulling your hair.
    There isn’t much of a story here, an alien drinks some block hola cola, gets gas, and you pass the gas back and forth between your partner who is connected by a hose for an intergalactic game show.
    This is just a puzzle game, an obstacle course, something to play to challenge yourself more so than to experience.
    There are 5 worlds in total, 10 levels in each world all progressively getting harder.
    At the end of each world there is a boss level which is just like the other 9, but with moving parts.
    The puzzles are very trial and error, and for the most part are forgiving.
    You can try as long as you want to figure a level out,
    I consider this stage of the game a testing the waters portion. While you are also testing the waters you can grab collectibles for even more challenge, but the collectibles highlight the greatest problem and frustration with this game.
    For a puzzle game, solutions rely far too often on physical character timing rather than problem solving and environmental timing.
    Too often I felt like I had to get lucky to grab certain collectibles.
    Going through this game for the 30 hours it took me to be the first platinum obtainer in the universe, made me feel more lucky than it did smart.
    I never felt like I was clever when I finally got a collectible that I was button mashing for 40 minutes to get.
    The sole problem with this game is that you are rewarded for figuring things out with frustration to execute it, really bringing down the enjoyment level.
    The characters themselves handle great though, it definitely takes some time getting used to switching characters and switching back and forth between using 1 character and 2 simultaneously.
    This never becomes frustrating, but does take practice.
    After you have finished the 10 levels in 1 world, you unlock the next world and you also unlock time trials and leaders boards which to me is really when the fun kicks in, for selfish trophy hunting reasons, id prefer that time trials unlocked as soon as you beat the level so you can master each with repetition, but its not too big of a deal to go back after you have defeated the worlds boss.
    You can also play co op locally and online…
    As you can guess in a game all about timing and puzzles, playing with someone else can do more harm for your sanity than good, not to mention the potential leg, so play with a friend at your own risk.
    Overall I enjoyed my time with shiftlings, if there is a shiftlings 2 I can only hope that they focus more on problem solving than throwing in luck elements.
    I want to feel challenged, not frustrated.
    For what it is Puzzle Platformer 8/10
    Overall 8/10
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  2. Mar 8, 2015
    6
    Over the years we have seen many platfromer games all good some bad this one is cute for the eyes very nice graphics polished you have the duoOver the years we have seen many platfromer games all good some bad this one is cute for the eyes very nice graphics polished you have the duo aliens to work together throught the game to solve puzzles some of witch are so confusing and frustrating and that is for me a bad one error one miss step and you are back from the start some levels are making it quite dificult and you wonder it s worth the trouble Expand