Little Disaster from Ratalaika Games and Petite Games is a physics-based puzzle game on PlayStation. Check our Little Disaster review!
Watch the timing of your explosion-meter, otherwise you can destroy everything around you! Use your brain to solve each puzzle, and complete more than 70 increasingly difficult levels across four different environments.
In Little Disaster from Ratalaika Games, you’ll be taking control of little explosive balls, and your goal will be to reach each single-screen level’s exit. I liked how the game begins with no tutorial, allowing you to try things out for yourself and discover the game’s simple mechanics by trial and error. There are 70 levels for you to complete, with an increasing difficulty curve.
You’ll move your character using the analog stick or the D-Pad and can press the X button to jump. Pressing the jump button will trigger a gauge that controls how high you’ll jump, and depending on the force of your jump, you’ll effectively destroy the level around and below you. The gameplay mechanics are simple but can be slightly punishing because this also means that since the level is destroyed as you progress, you’ll have only a single chance to make some jumps. One thing that I would have liked is the ability to decrease the jump gauge because once it’s full, it won’t decrease.
The level design is fine at best, but it does feel generic. New elements are introduced here and there, like a portal allowing you to warp from one side of the level to another or anti-jump zones that – as you can guess – will leave you stuck on the ground, likely requiring that you reset the level. Speaking of resetting, a slight annoyance I had with this game was that when my character died, there was a slight delay of a handful of seconds before I could give it another go.
On the presentation side, I liked the art style and the game’s simple graphics. The animations were great, and the game feels fluid in both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions. The soundtrack is of the chiptune variety, which means that you’re either going to love it or hate it.
As this game is from Ratalaika Games, you can expect two things: a Cross-Buy release and a Platinum trophy! It’s a short trophy list with 11 Gold trophies, and all you’ll need to do is complete all the easy levels – which are the first 18 levels – then levels 21, 34, and 55. If you need some extra help, you might want to check this Little Disaster Trophy Guide.
Little Disasters is a fine puzzle platformer, but once I had obtained the Platinum trophy for it by completing only the required levels, I felt like I had enough. The good news is that trophy hunters can aim to add two Platinum trophies to their collection thanks to this one being a Cross-Buy title available at a low price of only $4.99.
This Little Disaster review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Ratalaika Games.