It’s time to look at another EastAsiaSoft published game and this time it’s 0 Degrees from developers Nerd Games and Kiddo Dev. The game is a wintry casual platforming game that anyone should be able to pick up and play but is it worth bothering with?
Like many of EastAsiaSoft’s other cheap games, 0 Degrees is very basic at its core. You play as a pixelated character on a frozen world and must platform your way through forty levels. There is no real story nor extra modes or collectibles to find, just pure platforming gameplay. This isn’t a game for those out there looking for a challenge as it was designed for anyone to be able to pick up and play. Each level has you trying to get to the end of the room and then you move onto the next. It’s up to you to avoid frozen spikes and falling into holes along the way otherwise you’ll have to start the level over.
The one mechanic the game does throw at you to make things a bit different is that you can create up to five blocks of ice to stand on per level. As you get further in the game, you’ll start finding that you need to think a little before placing them as once you do, they are gone. If you end up wasting them, you’ll end up having to restart the level. The mechanic works well enough but aiming them when choosing to place them takes some getting used to with the on-screen cursor. It can be easy to mess up and place it somewhere you didn’t want to. Besides just using them to stand on, you can also use the blocks to shoot into unreachable places to hit a switch. Later on, you’ll gain the ability to freeze the blocks you’re placing in place so that they don’t fall. This also takes getting used to and honestly a lot of the time you’ll spend doing trial and error until you get them just right so that you can reach the exit. Sure, restarting Is practically instant and levels are short but the trial and error gameplay can come across as poor design.
There really isn’t much to say when it comes to the visuals and soundtrack in 0 Degrees either. It has a pixel art graphic style that looks fine but doesn’t offer much variety. Everything is always blue and icy with some frozen spikes and snowmen placed about. What you see in these screenshots here is pretty much exactly what you’ll see the entire game. The game has a chiptune soundtrack but it wasn’t anything special. Trophy/achievement hunters will want to check this one out though as the game has a very easy list. So long as you beat all 40 levels, you’ll earn all 13 trophies and add this Platinum to your collection.
0 Degrees is a puzzle platformer and really not much else other than that. The game works and can test your brain at times but other than that it doesn’t stand out, is over pretty quickly, and doesn’t have much visual variety. It’s very affordable though so if you want to spend around an hour jumping on ice blocks and earning some easy trophies then have at it.
*0 Degrees is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 4 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.