Shiftling is a fun co-op platform animation with sympathetic protagonists and a solid level of challenge. The backbone of the game is solving logical-platform problems by controlling the level of superfluity of the scamper of the affluent space-makers. Shiftlings is the real thing for fun. Although the game can also be played in solo variants, where you will need to refresh Formula 1 driver at some moments, the whole thing is intended to be played in the company of friends.
The action of the game is hosted by the unfortunate universe of the company’s maker of the winning sparkling beverage, which is also a sponsor of the TV corporation. The junctions are two of the lucky spaceship makers who will, after an inadvertent consumption of energy drink from the beginning of the story, capture a specific “disease” that will become the backbone of the game from that moment on.
The levels are scattered on five planets and ten initial maps, implying timely “play” between two bumpy boulders to overcome all the obstacles and catch the exit. Due to the carbonated properties of the drink itself, one of the
small aliens will at any time be huge and overwhelmed as a balloon, while others will remain in their normal state.
A small alien has the ability to jump on the platform, it can activate the levers and buttons, or to leap into the lower passage. Dembel, on the other hand, activates bigger pads on the floor, can simply pull his little company, or serve as some kind of anchor when a partner falls to some of the higher edges.
The main action of the dynamic duet will be to snooping a little boy to his over-sized friend, where he then acts as a trampoline and repels him as much as the length of the crevice allows. This will be used to reach nearby platforms that are otherwise unavailable.
In the initial stages of playing, you just have to figure out who the alien is and in what form should be used without too much risk of jumpering or falling down. Levels are scrambled at checkpoints, you need to make a special effort to pick up all the bonuses.
The graphics are spectacularly colored and glittering, with complex and monumental elements in the background as well as detailed elements of the foreground. Regardless of the abundance of details that radiate from the screen, it is easy to keep track of what’s going on at all times. The sound effects are in the anticipated feature film, while over the whole of the band is a sympathetic but silent music that is easy to mute.