Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon - PlayStation Vita Review

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon - PlayStation Vita Review

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Quick Glance:

•    Platform: PS4, PC, PSVita (reviewed) 
•    Players – 1
•    Achievements – Yes, trophies
•    Controller Support - Yes, Full
•    Steam Trading Cards - No
•    Retail Price - $9.99 

High Level Premise – Puzzle Platformer

Graphics/Style – Two-dimensional animated

Music/Soundtrack – N/A

Story – Discover the history of the Blackbird estate by exploring & solving a variety of puzzles.

Replay-ability – Moderately High, 100% completion requires multiple playthroughs among different times & weather conditions.

Time Commitment – Spider: RotSM offers an active save system for on & off progress.  100% completion requires participating in events at specific times!

Value – High, Spider: RotSM offers a unique and challenging experience unlike anything else on the Vita.

Favorite Element – Game progression can be dependent on real-life environmental conditions.

Exploration of the games many locations among different times and weather conditions will help the player reach 100% completion of the insect collection.

Sean says:  What began as an award winning smart-phone title several years back has matured into a full-on console sequel for the PS4 & PS Vita.  Dating back to 2009, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is the Puzzle/Platformer successor to the well-received iOS native title Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor.  Through a series of improvements and updates over the original, this year’s installment excels above & beyond its predecessor in every way possible.

    As a score-based puzzle platformer reliant on precision movement, a set a tangible controls is vital for executing intended moves throughout gameplay.  Developer Tiger Style brings this to the table as a welcome addition to the console editions of Rite of the Shrouded Moon, making the experience much more enjoyable for those easily frustrated with capacitive touch-screen as a main source of control.  This makes the Vita variant the more desirable part of the cross-buy package, as touch-screen controls are still present where it makes sense – not to mention the portability factor.

It takes trial & error to complete puzzles in the most efficient way possible!

Another improvement to RotSM is the updated visuals, which look better than ever on the Vita’s OLED screen.  Looking past its high-definition limitations, gameplay on Vita’s 960x544 OLED screen bring developer Tiger Style’s masterpiece to life with vibrant & carefully detailed environments.  Regardless of which platform you play it on, the world of RotSM is a giant leap in the visual department from its predecessor.  
Hands down, the obvious game-changer comes with real-time environmental conditions.  This newest installment in the Spider IP uses a series of real-life conditions in order to fully experience and obtain 100% completion.  Certain events can only be triggered if the time of day; year, & weather conditions are right.  This alone becomes a game within itself, making the player keep their console (or preferably Vita) local at all times so they never miss a beat.  This is especially rewarding for the trophy hunters of the world, as developer Tiger Style has done Spider: RotSM a massive service by adding a prestigious & challenging platinum trophy that can be earned with an investment into this new real-time environmental system, as there are a plethora of secrets to uncover throughout the world.

The player must undergo multiple playthroughs among a series of different real-life conditions to discover the many secrets of Spider: RotSM

For a game that offers an experience as unique as Spider: RotSM, I cannot think of a better way to spend money on the PlayStation Store - especially if it’s a quality portable you’re after.  The time spent uncovering the secrets within the world of RotSM is enchanting and gratifying, offering players a fulfilling experience like never before.  Sony’s handheld brings the beautiful and vibrant world to life, even with its outdated qHD screen resolution.  Improving in every way possible, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon offers a unique Cross-Buy offering that must be checked out by both puzzle & platformer fanatics alike.  Priced at $10, you’re in for a real treat with this one.

http://www.ShroudedMoon.com SPIDER: RITE OF THE SHROUDED MOON Available August 6, 2015 - iOS / Steam / Humble Coming Soon - PS4 / Vita / Google Play

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