World Splitter (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

You are an alien-deer-rabbit thing and your spacecraft has crash landed on a planet.  All of these little critters in your UFO escape, and one of them is chomping on a device like a dog chew toy.  This device splits the world into two dimensions, and now you must solve puzzles while switching between the two worlds as you collect all your little critters.  World Splitter is a 2-D action puzzle platformer and it’s available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

Each level in the game is a single screen, and you must make it from the left to the right side.  The screen is split down the middle between the two dimensions, each world having a different platform layout.  You can move and rotate the line that splits these dimensions to help you bypass obstacles, collect your critters, and make it to the end of the stage.  You get bonus points if you collect all the aliens, finish the level quickly, and while rotating the dimension line as seldom as possible.  You can do cool tricks like move the line below you to make a wall lift you up higher like an elevator.  But if you fall into a pit or water, get hit by an enemy, or crushed by a wall while flipping dimensions, you’ll have to start the level over again.  There are even two player co-op puzzle levels to solve as well!  You’ll gradually learn new moves, too, like a small hop, or being able to preview the other dimension before flipping it.

The game has a few small problems.  Your character moves pretty slow and his jump is practically useless.  Play control isn’t bad, but since your alien isn’t very nimble, he’s not fun to control.  Also a hint feature would’ve been nice for those tougher levels.  But otherwise, this is a pretty creative take on 2-D puzzle action games.

Kid Factor:

World Splitter is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence.  You can fall into water, lava, or pits, get hit by robot enemies, or crushed by walls from the other dimension.  But if that happens to you, you just hear a smacking sound and immediately start the level again, so it’s not too violent.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, and younger gamers may find the tougher levels too difficult.

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