[PlayStation 4] Shio Review
Shio from Coconut Island Games is a 2D platformer in which you must carefully traverse each area as you jump from lantern to lantern to avoid the deadly hazards that surround you. Learn more about it in our Shio review!
Shio is a great looking 2D platformer in which you must use the many white lamps in each area to launch yourself flying upward and onward to the next checkpoint as you peacefully unravel the new path set before you by faith. Before you start a new journey, you will need to select between two difficulty settings. In Shallow Dream, you will be faced with an easier overall adventure, but you won’t be able to enter the hidden challenge levels, which means there are also fewer collectibles to find. The other difficulty setting is Deep Sleep, and it is the full experience in which there are fewer checkpoints, spaces between hazards are narrower, and you can enter the hidden challenge levels in each of the game’s chapters.
Controls for the game are simple since you only need to worry about moving around with the left analog stick and jumping with the X or the Circle buttons. Once you’re off the ground, you can press the X button again to activate a lamp as you go through it to be launched up. You need to be careful when activating a lantern because the angle at which you activate it and your overall momentum will also need to be considered… oh, and there are also damaged lanterns that will only send you up by a bit. Some lanterns activate mechanisms, and for these, you’ll need to hold down on the X or Circle button until the device has been activated.
At the start of the game, you will find a journal and a mask, and you can open the journal with the L2 button and use the mask with the R2 button. You can interact with things and people by pressing the Triangle button, and I suggest you use this at every lamppost you find so that you can see the map for the section you’re about to take on, thus allowing you to plan accordingly. Knowing what you’re up against will allow you to see how you should approach the next section, and the more prepared you are, the better your odds of surviving.
As you run and jump through each section of a chapter, you will need to avoid deadly spinning blades, dangerous fireballs shot from cannons, floor that heats up and burns you down if you stand on it for too long, plus the usual spikes that are placed over tricky platforming sections, as well as the always favorite bottomless pit, to name a few. The harder sections pretty much feature “all of the above” and require that you correctly time your running and jumping to be able to get from point A to point B in one piece. Challenge rooms, which are hidden, considerably ramp up the difficulty, presenting you with trap-packed sections where perfect timing is mandatory or else you’ll be replaying the same section dozens of times until you relax for a bit and find the exact way the room needs to be complete.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum, and you’ll be happy to hear that trophies are unmissable since they’re awarded for completing each of the game’s chapters and defeating each boss stage. There’s another one for dying 1,000, which will probably come naturally as you play the game for the first time from start to finish, while the others are for finding and completing the secret rooms in the game, finding all collectibles, beating the time totals for each chapter, and for completing the game. You can use the mask to go back to a previous section of a chapter and search for anything you have missed or to try and beat the overall time of a section.
Shio is a fun and challenging 2D platformer that will test your skills every step of the way. There is a solid difficulty curve so that you slowly learn how to survive through the many hazards in your path, and since there are two difficulty options, even those that aren’t as skilled can manage to make some solid progress in the game. So if you’re looking for a new 2D platformer where running and jumping are all you need to worry about, then you should check out Shio on PS4!
This Shio review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Coconut Island Games.