Rating: E for Everyone
Before The Swords of Ditto released officially, my husband and I were looking for a new lovely couch co-op game on PS4, and the trailer of The Swords of Ditto caught our attention. After a discussion, we decided to get this game. With plenty of experience of playing co-op games, this one is definitely unique, special, and full of potential.
The Swords of Ditto is a fantasy dungeon crawling fighting game, full of different different monsters to fight, but all is very family friendly.
You are the hero to save the world! Through all the trials, you will be able to save everyone from danger and trouble. Isn’t this perfect to start a conversation of the ultimate Savior of Jesus Christ?
The Swords of Ditto is pretty straightforward as you and a friend are holding the swords of Ditto to save the world of Ditto. Well, technically Ditto is a town, but this is quite a big place to explore. Due to its random generation system, you will hardly ever find things laying in the same place during a playthrough. You will always have new things to discover, new creatures to fight, and new caves to crawl into. Its randomness is perfect for people who love lots of refreshing experiences. Because there is simply too much to do, it can be easy to become distracted, and I found myself losing track of what I was supposed to do.
You are a hero and you could have friends fighting alongside with you locally. It is very fun to run around and explore all the possibilities with friends. After you experience the multiplayer mode, it may be very hard to come back as a single player. If you have a friend to play with, go for it and you will not regret it. However, teamwork is a must in this game, so you and your friends need to be team players.
The graphics of the game are very delightful, colorful, and child-like. They put you into a fantasy town feel environment with randomly generated characters, so that you can sit back and relax with some laughter. The Swords of Ditto, you collect various items to heal, to boost, and to fight with. You will cut down trees, get into caves, collect items, fight monsters, solve puzzles, and trade with merchants. Different toy items give you various abilities—some for solving puzzles, some for melee battles, some for healing, and and some for explosions. You have to know what they are, what they do, when to use them, and how to upgrade them.
Your character will die if you lose all your health, but if you have a friend alive, you could be revived by receiving a hug from them. However, by reviving your dead body, it will also sacrifice part of your friend’s health. So don’t try to revive anyone when you are in super low health, otherwise both partners will end up dead. What happens after you die in the game? Great question! Don’t expect you will come back at last checkpoint like other games. Here is the unforgiving factor coming in. One hundred years will pass if your character dies, and another randomly generated character will wake up under your control. You will go to the grave and to pick up the swords from your legacy. Unfortunately, you will not carry your items with you after you die except for money, so prepare for a heartbreaking moment if that happens on you.
The Swords of Ditto might look like it’s for children, it has some depth. The puzzles are intelligently designed, especially in the dungeons. Don’t expect you will survive one with all its puzzles without careful thinking. For co-op gameplay, communication and cooperation will be extra important. You don’t want a player who blindly triggers everything in the dungeon, and you both end up being trapped. It is important to know the puzzle patterns and what to expect from different designs. The common one is dimension shifting by triggering a blue or red button, and you will see dudgeon monsters and obstacles change accordingly. Be careful explosive enemies; getting too close will lead to an instant death.
The Swords of Ditto is a very unique game for the co-op market. It has much potential, and I think the current game has not fully realized its potential yet. Hopefully the developer will be willing to dig deeper and to produce an improved version to maximize its special style for family gamers. For now, it is not enough to keep you coming back after you beat the game, but its randomness definitely helps the replay value.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a fun and affordable option for your couch co-op games, The Swords of Ditto is the perfect one for you. You will surely enjoy it with friends and family with lots of laughter.