Evil Diary from Ratalaika Games and 9Ratones is a simple arcade-style 2D shooter with bite-sized levels. Learn more in our Evil Diary review!
Evil Diary from Ratalaika Games and 9Ratones is a simple arcade-style 2D shooter with bite-sized levels. You’ll be taking on 32 levels as you try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world that has certainly seen better days. Three years ago, a huge surge of energy tore open the sky of New York. Your name is Eve, and you’re trying to do whatever it takes to escape. There seems to be a safe zone just outside of the city limits, but getting there is not going to be easy. You can’t wait to be rescued since the monsters are out to get you!
The controls for this one are very simple. All you’re going to have to worry about is controlling your character with the left analog stick and shooting at enemies with the Square button. If any of them get a bit too close for comfort, then you can press the Triangle button to use your sword to defeat them. Your weapon has infinite ammo, so once it runs out of bullets, it will automatically reload in a second at most.
Each level shouldn’t take you more than a minute to complete. All you have to do is shoot at anything that moves toward Eve so that you can keep her decaying health in as good a shape as possible. Defeating enemies will sometimes leave behind coins – which you can spend to unlock two additional skins for your character – or other items that can be useful for completing a level. These include a bomb that instantly destroys any monster within its range, as well as a thunderbolt that makes you invincible for a few seconds.
Trophy-wise, the game is a straightforward one since you’ll be aiming for the Platinum trophy on offer without any issues. And since this one is Cross-Buy, if you own a PS5 console, you’ll be able to download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Each version has a trophy list with 11 Gold trophies to work on. There are trophies for surviving up to day 5 of your journey, healing your wounds by collecting a healing kit, clearing a stage without dying, defeating an enemy with an explosive bomb, dying three times, and collecting $2,000, which is going to be the longest one to work on since drops are random. If you need some extra tips, here’s an Evil Diary Trophy Guide.
Evil Diary is a simple arcade-style 2D shooter with bite-sized levels that you can complete in less than a minute. As you try to escape from the city by any means necessary, you’ll be shooting at anything that moves, using a powerful sword to defeat any enemies that get too close for comfort. It’s a simple premise with a simple gameplay loop that can end up feeling repetitive since even the introduction of new enemies every now and then does little to change your approach since “shoot at it until it’s defeated” is something that works up until the end of your journey. Evil Diary is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
This Evil Diary review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.