Semispheres is a really unique and fun action puzzle game downloadable for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here. You control two jellyfish-like things, one orange, one blue. They both have a maze on each side of the screen that they must navigate to reach a common goal. Once each one arrives, you can move to the next level. But here’s the trick, you control both characters at the same time! You use the left analog stick to move the orange jellyfish on the left side of the screen, and the right analog stick to control the blue one on the right. The challenge comes from figuring out the puzzle mazes while keeping track of both characters!
Most of the mazes have objects that you pick up that can help you reach the goal. Some of the objects include a sound wave for getting the attention of spotlight sentries. If they catch you, you’ll warp back to the start of the level. But if you use the sound wave, the sentries will move around to see what made the noise, which can let the other character go past. Other items let you create a hole to affect things in the maze opposite from that character, or warp to the other side entirely.
The only problem I have with this game has to do with the items. The icons of the items you pick up are very small and look very similar, so it’s hard to tell what they do by looking at them. I usually had to test them out to see what they did. Also the game has no instructions, although you don’t really need them since there are levels designed to show you how to play. I guess the only other problem I had with the game is that after you complete a set of levels, you get to view a badly drawn comic that looks to have nothing to do with the game. But it doesn’t really affect the gameplay so it’s not really a big deal.
Since you use the L and R buttons to use items, another way you can play Semispheres is with two players. Granted, you have to use the same controller, so make sure you’re OK with being close to the other player! But no matter how you play the game, Semispheres is a really fun, unique puzzler with neat lighting effects and easy to learn gameplay.
Nothing violent or objectionable here. If you get caught by a sentry spotlight, you just warp back to the start. Reading skill isn’t needed, as the game has no words, but younger gamers may need help with the tougher puzzles. But the game could be considered educational as you use logic and thinking skills to play. Semispheres is rated E for Everyone.