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Young Souls Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Young Souls is a side-on fighting game where gameplay is divided into two distinct worlds: the modern human world and a dark, twisted world of goblins and monsters. You brawl and crunch your way through ranks of enemies like Castle Crashers, only here there's more focus on the story and a chance to collect and upgrade loot between rounds.

Jenn and Tristan, orphaned at a young age, have become social outcasts and troublemakers. They discover a portal into another dimension, ruled by goblins and other fell creatures. You fight to bridge these two very strange and different worlds to save the one person who accepted who you are.

Gameplay is primarily combat with swords and other melee weapons to inflict damage on enemies. You can upgrade your weapons and abilities, and customise your appearance. Each weapon has different strengths and weaknesses, so picking the right one for the right place is essential. In between fights, you can train in the gym with mini-games that improve your strength and ability further.

It's a novel blend of side-scrolling action and emotional storytelling that, when paired with its deep combat, upgrade system and cooperative gameplay, makes it a unique offering about identity and redemption and the power of thwaking monsters over the head.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: 1 p 2 p Studio (@1p2pStudio)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can beat the campaign either by yourself or with a friend in a local multiplayer experience.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language. This game contains use of strong language ('f*ck'), as well as milder bad language including 'b*tch', 'p*ss' and 'sh*t'. The game also features moderate violence as the central characters fight against a range of creatures or are hit by traps such as spinning blades and axes. Characters flash or flinch when hit, with damage shown in numbers, and may fall over. When characters are defeated, generally they disappear, although the player's characters can be revived a limited number of times. There is no sight of blood or injuries. There is a reference to selling 'meth'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

At the beginning of the game, you can select which difficulty you want to play on. Each level of difficulty is clearly explained, and adjusting the difficulty varies healthy, damage and a slew of other factors. Within this, at any time in the game, you can make more adjustments to the difficulty, including the ability to reduce the amount of incoming damage, cooldown speeds, and more. You can also reduce the speed of the game to increase reaction times and decrease the time pressure. You can have your character highlighted to make it more clearly visible.

As it is played in a 2D plane, the way to go is clear and obvious. The text is all high contrast, but not all of it is large. The subtitles are placed in a speech bubble which a picture of the speaker which conveys their tone. You can also disable all profanity from appearing in the speech of the game.
 
Our Young Souls Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:

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