Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day from Zerouno Games and Ikigai Play is out now on PS5. Is it worth checking out? Find out in our Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day review!
Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day from Zerouno Games and Ikigai Play is out now on PS5. Is it worth checking out? This one was released at the start of 2020 on Steam, and it’s now made its way to Sony’s console. The game’s story begins right before the gameplay tutorial, in which you’ll be controlling Lyssa and Colwyn. You’ll get to play during their childhood as they race to try and see which one is the fastest. Lyssa is studying magic, while Colwyn is aiming to become a knight.
The story then jumps to years later when evil entities invade the land, with a witch cursing Lyssa and Colwyn to exist in an eternal night and an eternal day, respectively. This is why Lyssa’s side of the screen will have a blueish tint while Colwyn’s side will have a redish tint. There will be pits to avoid, obstacles to jump over, and enemies to avoid as you try to keep both characters away from danger and in one piece.
You can take on this one on your own or play it in local co-op. The game also offers one of three difficulty settings: Easy, Normal, or Hard. If you decide to play on Easy, then each level will have two checkpoints for you to activate, although this will not apply to bosses. Playing on Normal will make it so that there’s only a single checkpoint in each level – again, not counting bosses. If you play on Hard, then there will be no checkpoints, so you better learn from your mistakes!
Since Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day is an autorunner, you won’t have to worry about pressing a button to make either character run. What you will need to do is press right on the D-Pad to make both characters come together on the middle path to avoid obstacles. You can also use the L2 button to make Lyssa dash or the R2 button to make Colwyn dash. You can make both characters jump with the X button and can slow things down by pressing the L1 button.
There’s nothing wrong with a game being an autorunner since there are several 2D and 3D autorunners that can be quite fun. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day. The developers decided that constantly moving the camera as the pair runs through each level would be a good idea. Plot twist: it wasn’t. The camera usually gets in the way, keeping you from properly judging jumps, avoiding obstacles, and having a chance to stay alive from start to finish. There’s also some slowdown here and there, which is odd for a game like this on PS5.
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum for you to work on. The list includes 38 Bronze trophies, 10 Silver trophies, and 2 Gold trophies. The first trophy that will pop will be for completing a level. After that, there are trophies for completing each set of levels in the different areas you’ll explore, for obtaining a scroll, obtaining a Lacurare, obtaining all scrolls and Lacurare in each area, completing a level without dying, completing each area without dying, completing each area without dying X, Y, and Z number of times, and completing the game without dying X, Y, and Z numbers of times.
Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day brings us an endless runner in which the twist is that you’ll be controlling two characters at the same time. Due to a curse from an evil witch, one of them will be running through an eternal night, while the other one remains in an eternal day. Autorunners can be fun when their gameplay is tight, and mistakes can be attributed to mistakes made on the player’s side. Unfortunately, something feels off about this one. Sometimes, jumps have a slight delay, which will end up making one or both of your characters fall to their doom or land on top of an obstacle or enemy. Other times, they will jump as soon as you press the X button, but since you were accounting for the slight delay, you’ll once again have them fall to their doom or land on top of an enemy or obstacle. Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day is out on PlayStation 5 with a $29.99 asking price, which is certainly steep for the experience on offer, making this one to avoid on Sony’s console.
This Runner Heroes: The Curse of Night and Day review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Zerouno Games.