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  • Summary: We're back to 1986 in California. A group of friends discovers a strange pink stone that allows to travel between two realms. This gang will live the summer of their lives in an adventure that will get them involved in a government conspiracy. Control 5 kids with special skills whileWe're back to 1986 in California. A group of friends discovers a strange pink stone that allows to travel between two realms. This gang will live the summer of their lives in an adventure that will get them involved in a government conspiracy. Control 5 kids with special skills while fighting and solving puzzles in order to save their families and the world. Crossing Souls is an action-adventure set in a California suburb in the midst of a supernatural event that rocks the small community as grand forces siege the town. Control five characters: Chris, Matt, Charlie, Big Joe and Kevin, each one with their own skills and combat styles. Change characters on the fly and use each character's specialties to overcome any obstacle and target your foe's weaknesses. Fight in real-time, solve clever puzzles, face off against powerful bosses and play special levels inspired by 80's arcade video games. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Aug 8, 2018
    75
    It’s the same game as it was back then. Playing on the Switch allows you to play with it anywhere, especially if you’re midway through one of the frustrating boss fights. It doesn’t quite look as good as when it’s docked, but the game is still vibrant and lovely to look at. If you want something that reminds you what the 80s were like, and fancy a game that fully embraces the notion of retro, Crossing Souls is the embodiment of it.
  2. 70
    Ultimately the experience feel flat for me as I tried to trudge through the non-stop references to the most obvious and overused aspects of the ‘80s. Yes, I enjoyed ET and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, but I’ve become numb to the overuse of catchphrases and plots that are continuously rehashed over and over. I’m at the point now where you either need to use these references sparingly as a complement to an original idea, or really dive deep into ‘80s culture that many probably wish would be forgotten. Unfortunately for Crossing Souls, neither of these ring true.
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    70
    Come for the wonderful presentation, stay for the baddie boppin'. Crossing Souls nails its 1980s aesthetic, no question there — the 'long-lost-cartoon' game is strong here, right down to the artfully placed VHS artifacts in the animated cutscenes playing out across a sweeping adolescent adventure. Nostalgia aside, the story and beat-em-up gameplay please and surprise in a few key ways, but come with a few too many paper cuts to prevent Crossing Souls from breaking through to that next level.
  4. Aug 20, 2018
    70
    Crossing Souls definitely ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to a 1980s homage. The story is well written, and the developers have done a decent job of bringing me down memory lane. Despite the moments of hair-pulling ridiculousness that is precision platforming that seemingly fights against the rest of the game, Crossing Souls is definitely worth checking out for ‘80s fans.
  5. Sep 6, 2018
    70
    At a first glance, Crossing Souls is one of the most impressive indie games of the year thanks to its superb art style. Unfortunately, some nasty bugs and annoying platforming section takes away some of its charm.
  6. Aug 10, 2018
    67
    The core mechanics are perfectly competent and generally fun, the story is a little more solid by the end, and the music is genuinely great throughout. In other words, the adventure proves to be a fairly enjoyable one by the end, it just happens to be punctuated by moments of frustration throughout.
  7. 40
    If only the rest of the game could live up to those visuals. Crossing Souls works just fine as a vessel for rose-tinted '80s nostalgia, but shallow storytelling and gameplay that shifts from uninteresting to outright frustrating ensures that it never gets to be anything more than that.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 28, 2018
    5
    Please don't be lured in by constant comparisons to stranger things and zelda. This is nothing close to the quality of either.
    The game is
    Please don't be lured in by constant comparisons to stranger things and zelda. This is nothing close to the quality of either.
    The game is surprisingly story driven and personally the story was very uneventful. Just the usual end of the world stuff without any surprises or memorable moments.
    The art style and 80's aesthetic are fantastic and for the first few hours I was enjoying it quite a bit. Sadly you'll find that platforming is poorly implemented and often frustrating.
    Switching between 5 characters sounds like an interesting idea but few of these characters are well implemented. You'll probably stick with blue haired chris for most of the game.
    Combat is ok but very basic. Characters have one attack and can also use a bomb or a kind of flash grenade. It's not particularly fun but it works.
    There are also a few sections which change up the gameplay entirely. One section for example involves you cycling and trying to avoid obstacles while you're being chased.... it's just horribly frustrating...
    Also cutscenes aren't skippable... if you die in a boss fight you may have to rewatch the intro. Finally there are a few sections in which i found the framerate really started to chug. One platforming section and a section just before the end of the game. It's a small gripe but worth noting especially considering this isn't a visually taxing game.
    I went in with the highest of hopes having played so many great indie titles recently like night in the woods, inside, minit, dead cells, hollow knight etc. Crossing Souls is a waste of your time and money.
    Please don't buy it. Buy one of the many many many better indie titles available on switch...
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  2. Sep 27, 2020
    0
    Very shallow game with not a lot to offer. This game is not worth it on the Switch, really terrible performance and controls make this a hardVery shallow game with not a lot to offer. This game is not worth it on the Switch, really terrible performance and controls make this a hard pass.

    This game is like Devolver Digital, all style and no substance.
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