[PS VR] Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld Review

by the_nmac

Escape the underworld with the help of a giant skull name The Reaperman. Learn more in our Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld review on PS VR!

Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld – Gameplay Trailer | PS4

In the depths of the Underworld, Carly and the Reaperman visit the worlds of the spirits that inhabit this place. Master platforming, solve puzzles and build your way to victory. This asymmetrical game let’s the giant Reaperman pick up platforms, and the little girl Carly jumps on top of the platforms that the Reaperman places. You can either control both characters by yourself, or grab a friend to play with – either way, escaping the Underworld is not an easy task!

– Asymmetrical gameplay
– Single- and local co-op mode
– Unlockable hats and customizables
– Follow the story of Carly and the Reaperman as they take on the Underworld
– 10+ hours of gameplay
– Over 50 levels of platforming fun

Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld is a new co-op PlayStation VR platformer game from Odd Raven Studios. It’s a really interesting setup for the game, and I was looking forward to trying it solo as well as in co-op. Carly and the Reaperman is an interesting game in VR, as it drastically changes the way the game is played. When playing by yourself, you need to control both Carly and the Reaperman separately but on a single DualShock 4 controller. As the Reaperman, you need to place blocks and platforms, and while playing as Carly you need to jump and platform around the stages to reach the end. It’s a workable solution, and better implemented than what I’ve played in other VR games on the platform that are trying to do the same thing.

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I played co-op with my wife and had a good time. One will play as the Reaperman on the PlayStation VR headset with PS Move controllers, while the player will control Carly on the TV using the PlayStation DualShock 4. Having used both control setups, I do have to say that the better way to spend your time playing this game is with friends in the co-op mode. It’s more fun, less complicated, and just an overall better time.

In Carly and the Reaperman, as the name suggests, Carly is trying to escape the underworld with the Reaperman’s help. You work in tandem with each other as you try and escape. Each of the levels is set up to have you work with your partner, so you’ll need to constantly communicate with each other. When playing as the Reaperman, you have a more God-like view of what’s going on, and you see things the other player, as Carly, won’t see on the social screen. Most of the time, it will be blocks that Carly will need to proceed whether to walk on or jump on to reach higher areas.

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You will be navigating through the Underworld in levels based on the people’s memories who are trapped in the underworld. It leads to a really unique look to the game. It almost reminds me of the movie Coraline mixed with Moss in a way. The art style is unique and like other games with a floating figure, you build that relationship between the two as you play. You even get the chance to fist bump each other. I love that.

It’s a really unique art style and different than what I have experienced on PSVR. The game has a very dark tone to it, but at the same time has bright neon and colors accenting everything. It’s unique and it helps set the world apart from games that try for similar themes. One of the things I thought was fun was there are unlockable cosmetics for you to put on the Reaperman, you don’t see them from Reaperman’s perspective, but putting a funny mustache or other things on a floating giant skull.

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Final Thoughts

Overall Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld is a great co-op game to play with a friend. It requires great communication between the two, the way it gives you different screens on the PSVR and the social screen on the TV for the other player is done really well. Alone it’s a little more cumbersome to control, but still very playable. This is an easy recommendation for the PSVR platform, check this out when you get a chance.

This Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld review is based on a PlayStation VR copy provided by Odd Raven Studios AB.

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