Cookie Cutter from Feardemic and Rogue Games is a hand-drawn Rated M for Mature Metroidvania worth checking out on PS5. Learn more in our Cookie Cutter review!
Cookie Cutter from Feardemic and Rogue Games is a hand-drawn Rated M for Mature Metroidvania worth checking out on PlayStation 5. The game takes place in a dystopian world in which INFONET promised people a new life in which their consciousness would be transferred into entities known as Denzels, thus granting them eternal life. As expected, it was all a lie. It’s been 200 years since things were set into motion, and you’ll find yourself in a world that has certainly seen better days. It’s a game that pays homage to Super Metroid while also nodding in the general direction of the Guacamelee! Series.
In Cookie Cutter, Doctor Shinji Fallon, one of the scientists working on the project, decides to build a Denzel that is very different from the other models created so far. Her name is Cherry, and it’s in Cherry that Doctor Shinji finds a soulmate who understands what she’s had to go through to get to this point, a love that Cherry also feels every moment of every day they spend together. Unfortunately, Doctor Shinji is taken away by a crazy psycho, and Cherry is beaten to a pulp and left for dead.
Raz, a renegade mechanic in his crazy world, finds Cherry in a hidden lab and works on repairing all of the damage done to her. Fueled by love lost and a whole lot of rage, Cherry sets out on a quest to rescue Doctor Shinjin before it’s too late. Anyone foolish enough to stand on her path will be completely destroyed as she pummels away at them. You’ll start only with your fists, but you’ll soon find new weapons to aid you as you defeat huge bosses and find the upgrade stations that will bring you closer to achieving your full potential.
Once your adventure begins, you’ll take control of Cherry with the left analog stick. The X button will be for jumping, and the Square button will be for quick melee attacks. The Triangle button can be used for strong attacks with the weapon you have equipped, but using this type of attack will consume some of the energy that Cherry has collected. To change between your weapons, you can open the weapon wheel with the R2 button. You can parry incoming attacks by timing your blocks just right with the L1 button. The L2 button can be used to evade attacks so that you can avoid damage.
Since this one is a Metroidvania, that means you’ll need to unlock new abilities to be able to explore every nook and cranny. You’ll start with the self-healing ability. Thanks to this, you can use the energy from the Void to treat your wounds so that you can recover some of your lost health. You’ll then gain the Void Bullet, which will allow you to spit out a deadly fireball by pressing the R1 button. Next up will be the always classic double jump, which will open up new paths for you to traverse. What else will you find during your time with Cookie Cutter? You’ll have to play the game to find out!
You can also locate Components. Components are system upgrades that you can equip when you activate a Denzel Station. Components are an integral part of your journey and will greatly help you complete your objective. To balance things out, you will need to use some energy to power Components, which are provided by energy cells that you can find as you explore the Megastructure. You start out with three points, and each energy cell you find will be automatically absorbed into your system so that you can make any adjustments as needed at the next Denzel Station you find. One example of Components is Double Tap. By equipping it, Cherry will be able to perform a second uppercut in the air during a multi-hit combo after a successful ground uppercut that launches your opponent up into the air.
As you defeat enemies and destroy containers, you’ll obtain Bits. Bits act as the in-game currency and are needed to purchase items as well as enhance them. Say you pay a visit to your pal Raz, the aforementioned mechanic. By spending 1,500 Bits, you can get the HP Enhancer Component, which, as mentioned before, you can equip at a Denzel Station. The HP Enhancer will boost Cherry’s total HP so that she can sustain more damage before being defeated. On top of that, you can spend additional Bits and some of the materials obtained from enemies or from containers to boost your Components. Get yourself some Korg Tissue, and you’ll be able to boost the HP Enhancer.
Cookie Cutter features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection. The list is split into 24 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. The first trophy you’ll obtain will be for getting your first weapon and using it. That one would be the Gauntlet. As its name suggests, it’s a huge fist that can deal considerable damage to enemies. After that, you’ll get trophies at a steady pace as you locate new areas, obtain and use new weapons and skills, and complete some miscellaneous objectives, such as putting your hand inside a used toilet or finding a peculiar statue that pays homage to the beloved Super Metroid series.
Cookie Cutter is a hand-drawn Rated M for Mature Metroidvania worth checking out on PS5. As a very special Denzel who has been separated from her creator – and one true love – you’ll end up going on a rampage to save her before it’s too late. Starting out with nothing but her mighty fists, she’ll find new powerful weapons and skills that will open up new paths that will bring you one step closer to finding out the truth. It’s a solid 2D hand-drawn Metroidvania that certainly earns its Rated M for Mature rating, which is why it’s not going to be for everyone. Cookie Cutter is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.
This Cookie Cutter review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Feardemic.