Flipping Death is an adventure game in which you’ll follow Penny in her quest to help spirits to complete their unfinished business. Learn more about this one in our Flipping Death review!
When Penny dies under mysterious circumstances, she wakes up and finds herself filling in for DEATH HIMSELF! This temp job comes with a new power – the ability to flip between the worlds of the living and the dead! In this puzzling platformer, she’ll need that – and her wits – if she ever hopes to unravel the mystery of her demise.
Flipping Death – Trailer
This is a double review for Flipping Death. The game was played by ThaRaven403 and Ceidz and this review presents what they both had to say.
Meet Penny, a young girl who’s just been fired from her job at a funeral home for being a bit too intense about Halloween with people mourning their loss. During her way home, she ends up in a freak accident that costs poor Penny her life, and she ends up meeting Death itself. The thing is, Death is in need of a vacation, so he takes Penny as his temp, and thus she becomes the one who will help ghosts become at peace with their unfinished business.
To help people, and maybe to investigate on her death, Penny will be able to possess people, which makes the world literally flip around to go back to the world of the living while you’re inside that person’s body. Based on the given objectives, you’ll have to act in both worlds, on objects and people, to eventually help the ghosts with their unfinished business. Most of those puzzles are pretty simple to figure out, but if you ever feel lost, hints are available to guide you here and there, and they luckily don’t affect the trophies.
This game is a spiritual successor to the great Stick it to the Man! that was released a couple of years ago. It can definitely be felt in the art style, which is gorgeous, and in the gameplay, as it’s pretty much the same formula of puzzles but wrapped inside of a different concept. The dialogue in the game is also on the strong side, as it’s packed with a lot of humor, and are all enjoyable to read. To put it simply, this short puzzler is a lot of fun and has just enough challenge to be enjoyable without having your brain overheat.
ThaRaven403 talked about the story, so I’ll cover the main gameplay mechanics. As Death, Penny can collect little souls in the world of the dead, and when she has collected enough, she can possess a human in the world of the living, controlling said human to do what she must in the real world. Being a spirit she, of course, can’t interact with the real world without possessing someone. Each time she possesses a human, the world “flips” (hence the game title) from one world to the other, and is done as if we were flipping a page, which felt amazing each time I did it!
Like with Stick It To The Man!, Zoink Games made did an amazing job with the game’s presentation and the art style. Each character is great, unique and wacky. The jazzy soundtrack is also great, and I hope it gets a standalone release at some point. There is even some hilarious narration presented when the game loads between chapters, which was cleverly done to hide the loading times and entertain us while the console is busy! The voice acting is also excellent and very well done. Honestly, this is one of the most stylish games I’ve ever played.
For the trophies, if you intend on doing everything there is to do in the levels, which means finishing them, completing all the additional challenges, and collecting all ghost cards, you should be on your way to a shiny new Platinum. The trophy list is rather short with 13 trophies in total, including the platinum, so focusing on what you’re missing should be pretty straightforward when replaying chapters, and should be doable in 8 hours or so at most.
Flipping Death, like Stick it to the Man! before it, is an excellent game that you should definitely buy on PlayStation 4. It’s great art style, fun soundtrack, solid gameplay mechanics and humorous writing make this a must-have game on Sony’s home console.
PSN Game size: 3.7GB
This Flipping Death Review is based on PlayStation 4 copies provided by Zoink Games.