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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent undead puzzle platformer set in apocalyptic world.

Game Xbox 360 2012
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This horror-themed adventure is among the prettiest -- and grittiest -- platformers ever made. The game's hero may only be able to move in two dimensions, but the levels -- particularly those set in urban environments -- have all the depth and much of the sophistication of a fully three-dimensional game, making for an unusual and unforgettable aesthetic. The atmosphere is similarly memorable, thanks to a compelling story filled with collectible narrative items, including diary pages and notes and artifacts left behind by survivors, that help breathe life into the world and illustrate the consequences of a zombie apocalypse.

The only thing really hampering the experience is control. The command layout isn't particularly intuitive and your hero’s movements are a little sloppy, which can lead players to overcompensate. Luckily, frequent checkpoints keep these problems from becoming too frustrating. Still, there's some room for improvement, should Deadlight ever enjoy a sequel.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, deduction, solving puzzles
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: August 1, 2012
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Strong Language, Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: August 26, 2016

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