Shu from Coatsink Software is a fun and colorful 2.5D platformer on PlayStation 4. It features gorgeous hand-drawn characters and charming 3D environments for a very interesting mix. Want to learn more? Then come read our Shu review!
The controls are simple to understand. You move around with the left analog stick, jump with the X button and glide with L1 and R1 buttons. Gliding into a wind current will quickly send Shu flying through it. On top of this, you can use your powers with Square and Circle buttons. These powers are activated when you find some very helpful companions during your quest. For example, you’ll be able to open and close flower with the Circle button once you find Lavi! You’ll meet many other characters during your time with Shu, each one with a different and helpful skill that will allow you to overcome the challenges you face in each area.
Each level includes several checkpoints to track your progress so that you don’t have to start from the very beginning if you end up dying. The checkpoint system is very generous, so you won’t have a problem with finishing a level as long as you have the patience to keep trying.
There are plenty of things to do in each level. You can search and find all babies in a level, complete it during a Time Trial – which is unlocked after you’ve finished a level once – before a specific time limit. You could also search for and find all the butterflies in a level! There’s also another secret or two to unlock in each level, but you’ll need to find those on your own! At the end of the level you’ll be graded based on how many butterflies you’ve collected and, as you can probably guess, there are some trophies tied to obtaining a gold butterfly tier grade for each level in the game.
Speaking of trophies, Shu includes a Platinum trophy for your efforts. There’s a nice variety of trophy requirements, from completing each of the game’s worlds to rescuing all babies, to beating some of the time trials to completing all levels without dying. Yes, this is a list that will keep you busy, and that relies very much on your skill. Overall, you’re looking at 6-10 hours to grab the Shu platinum depending on how you do during each run in a level.
I loved my time with the game for my Shu review. It’s a very polished, colorful and fun platformer with plenty of replay value and a Platinum trophy to boot, so there’s definitely something in this one for all to enjoy. If you want to 100% the game, you’ll need to be patient and learn from your mistakes so that you can find all collectibles and complete every level with all miscellaneous requirements. But in the end, it will be worth the effort.
This Shu review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Coatsink.