Review: Exp Parasite (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC, Mac, Linux

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Exp Parasite
Format: PSN (128 MB)
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Publisher: Greyhead Studio LLC
Developer: Zimogor
Original MSRP: $7.99 (US), £6.49 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Exp Parasite forces me to use the directional pad during the menus but then only allows the left stick for movement in the game. What’s up with that? That’s my only real criticism.

I control what is essentially a gross little blob, or as the game’s developers call it, an Experimental Parasite, which can infect mechanical objects. These objects are strategically and sporadically placed in the levels to help the grubby little organism reach the next objective.

There are Hyper Cores to collect in each level, and I was delighted to see that I didn’t have to get them all in one go and I can replay it to grab any that I missed. These are used to purchase upgrades in the shop, like extra lives and the ability to slow time.

The controls are simple and easy to learn, and the hit-boxes are spot-on, meaning I never feel like the mistakes were anything but my own. The gameplay mechanic of switching to the floor or ceiling with a button press is a simple one that is used in a gradual increase in complexity as the levels progress.

Exp Parasite has some devious puzzles and tricky enemies to get past. The boss battles are inventive and fun, but their demise is abrupt, and a little disappointing. Each level brings new challenges and obstacles to overcome, and it continues to feel fresh. The difficulty curve is good, and even my youngest daughter surprised me with how far she got. Sadly, there isn’t a Platinum trophy for this one, but getting all of those trinkets would be a fun challenge.

Visuals:
This wouldn’t look out of place on an old Atari. That isn’t a bad thing, as the important part of this section is the pixel-perfect collision detection, which, as far as I’m concerned, is spot on. The graphics do the job, and that’s all that matters.

Audio:
I like the haunting menu music, and the simple but fun in-game tunes are nice and fit well with the tense platforming. The sound effects are good, but can be a touch overpowering on a few occasions.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only and features no online component.

Conclusion:
I was expecting to dislike Exp Parasite, for these kinds of games often result in rage-quitting, but the difficulty is fair, and the checkpoints are frequent and forgiving enough to stop any kind of anger appearing. Each level brings a new dynamic to the puzzles and keeps it from becoming boring or repetitive.

Even with plenty of lives, I still get overconfident and make mistakes, but never feel like the game is unfair. It isn’t a massive game, but the challenge will stretch it out so you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth.

Score:
7.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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