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Game Review: Deadlight

Freddie Schwartz
Staff Writer

“Deadlight” is a new 3D graphic zombie-themed platformer game from Tequila Works S.L. available on It follows Randell, who is traveling to Seattle to find the last known stronghold for survivors in hopes of finding his family and friends. It takes place in the 1980’s where a terrible disaster led to the rise of the zombies, also called shadows.

This game is really fascinating since I only know of zombie-games where you’re shooting them down one by one as they come at you in massive hordes as in “Left 4 Dead.” This game takes a different approach where you only have your wits and timing to get past the zombies. This is more of a survival-based game. You gain weapons as you progress, but you have to use them wisely or else you will drain your stamina, which leaves you vulnerable. The style of the game is grim and foreboding with a sort of washed-out look. Everything looks surreal and dark. It also has some decent scares. For example, you could be walking to a platform and suddenly a zombie comes out of nowhere. I also like how the zombies look. They are dark and shadowed with red eyes, which for this game, looks appropriate rather than the blood-dripping and rotting flesh look we usually see.

There are some problems with “Deadlight.” It ran pretty slow when I started it. At first, I thought it was my computer so make sure your computer can handle the graphics and frame rate. Also, during cut scenes, the sound and voiceover just stops for no reason which is honestly a stupid glitch that I have yet to see updated with a patch. However, the bigger problem I have with this game is it doesn’t save! There are various checkpoints but they are so far from each other and if you don’t reach it when you shut off the game, you have to start from the beginning again. A lot of games use the checkpoint system and that’s fine but for this kind of game there really should be a save system or an indicator when you’re at a checkpoint. There is no reason why you can’t pick up right from where you left off. I had to redo stages several times and it’s completely unnecessary.

From what I understand after reading comments online, “Deadlight” is a really short game. Some players finished it in 3 hours so you’re paying around $15 dollars for a short, average 3D indie platformer. I don’t know about you but that’s seems pretty shallow. I feel like this should be at most an $8 or $10 game since its extras are pretty pointless. All you’re getting is the single-player story-based game and once you finish the story, that’s it. Wait for a sale to pick it up for a better deal. It’s on Steam for download at around $14.99. My final rating for “Deadlight” is a 5.7 out of 10.

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