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Deadlight Review

A zombie romp via Xbox Live Arcade that’ll dazzle you with its graphics and frustrate you with its physics

July 30, 2012
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Introduction

Deadlight is a side-scrolling survival platformer set for release on August 1st. It will be available only on Xbox Live Arcade. Developer Tequila Works describes the game as a Cinematic Survival Horror Platformer. From that description, veteran gamers can expect at least two things: jumping, and zombies.

We were lucky enough to get early access to the full version of the game prior to its official release, and can tell you that Deadlight is all of the aforementioned, and a whole lot more. Slick gameplay, relentless puzzles, and a compelling cinematic atmosphere are juggled atop the frenzied fallout of a world torn apart.

If you took the brutal memorization and quick reflexes required by Sonic the Hedgehog, the character interaction and depth of atmosphere found in Oddworld, the unfortunate acting of The Walking Dead (TV series), and threw in just a pinch of Limbo, you might have something akin to Deadlight. Oh, and it's chock full of faux 80s memorabilia, secret areas, and odd little handheld game-within-game pickups.

Sound a little hard to sum up? It is. The game feels, at times, a little confused about whether it's an underdeveloped full release or an overdeveloped arcade release. But as hard as it is to describe, it's just as hard to stop playing: Xbox Live Gold members will discover this in just a couple of days.

This review was written after playing and completing a full version of Deadlight. Completion took roughly 3 hours of recorded gameplay, but including the extra time added by deaths and being stumped by puzzles, is closer to 6 or 7 hours.

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