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Reed Remastered
Developed by: PXLink
Published by: Ratalaika Games
Released: February 14, 2020
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
Genre: Platformer
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Price: $4.99

Thank you Ratalaika Games for sending us this game to review!

Reed Remastered is the prequel to Reed 2, also a platformer-style game by PXLink. You play as Reed, a white rabbit-like creature. You spawn in a strange room with a supercomputer in the center. It tells you that you need to calibrate the cubes. By this, they mean to walk to it and make contact with it, which will cause a door to appear that will lead to the next level.

There are 50 levels in the game, each and every one frustratingly irritating in its own way. The levels are separated by brown doors that can only be passed through if the player collects the large golden cube that can be found somewhere in the level. The location of the cube varies in the levels, and the level numbers do not correspond to the levels in the sequel game, Reed 2; nor do the locations of the golden cube. The large, spinning golden cube is usually surrounded by either spikes, turrets, or sawblades, or all three, making completion of the level very difficult.

Reed Remastered
Highlights:

Strong Points: Somewhat more colorful graphics (in comparison to the sequel); challenging
Weak Points: No music, not very much color variety in-game
Moral Warnings: Fantasy violence

The controls are rather simple: You can use either the left or right stick or the d-pad on the device to move left or right in the level. B is used to jump, and you can press it again while in the air to jump again in the air, making a double-jump. The plus on the Nintendo Switch is used to pause the game and/or access the menu, from which you can adjust the background noise and how loud it is compared to the sound effects as Reed walks and jumps. These features are also present in Reed 2.

As for the sound in the game, I can’t compliment it as much. I would like to talk about the music in this game, but unfortunately there is none, just like the sequel. In its place are ambient eerie sounds that play as the player completes the levels, which is, again, the same as Reed 2, but the track of sounds is different from Reed Remastered. I do suppose it contributes to the theme of the game, and the notion that the world Reed lives in is desperately in need of redemption. Other than that, though, I can’t really say much about the sounds in the game besides the fact that the sound effects are okay.

Reed Remastered
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 75%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 7.5/10
Sound - 5/10
Stability - 5 /5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 98%
Violence - 9/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The visuals are not bad, but neither are they super special. The in-game graphics are just as colorful as the game that follows; the palette consists of lots of different shades of brown, black, and the occasional green or purple. Needless to say, Reed sticks out, which is good, at least. What I did notice, though, is that the menu screen in this game has a lot more colors than in the gameplay.

With all that said, I do hope you have a good idea of what Reed Remastered is like. Since no significant moral issues exist in this title, I can safely recommend this to anyone looking for a challenging platformer – with the warning that “rage-quits” may occur as a common side effect. Other than that, though, I think it’s safe to say I liked this game and have enjoyed (to an extent) all fifty levels I experienced of Reed Remastered.

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