Strayed Lights review (PS5)

Strayed Lights is developed and published by Embers, and offers a unique twist on the classic action adventure genre. With its atmospheric visuals, haunting soundtrack, and clever mechanics, Strayed Light is a great choice for fans of ambitious indie games.

One of the most notable features of Strayed Lights is its stunning visuals. The game’s hand-drawn artwork is beautiful and immersive, with each level featuring its own unique color palette and design. The attention to detail is impressive, and the game’s lighting effects create a sense of depth and atmosphere that draws you in. This also applies to the game’s sound design. The haunting, ambient soundtrack perfectly complements the game’s visuals, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience. Narratively speaking, the game is full of mystery and intrigue, featuring a light looking to rid the lands of the corrupted shadows that now live in it, and this interplay of light and shadow can be seen in the audiovisual presentation as well.


In terms of gameplay, Strayed Lights offers a fresh take on the classic action adventure formula. Players control a small glowing creature that can navigate the levels by jumping and sticking to surfaces as you collect light sources in order to grow and progress through the game’s levels. It’s a simple enough mechanic to help encourage you to get stronger and stronger, with a combat system that evokes memories of games like Bloodborne with its emphasis on parry mechanics.

Strayed Lights’ levels are also well-designed, with a good balance of challenge and exploration. Each level is connected to the others by a central hub, allowing players to backtrack and explore previous areas. This makes the game feel more open and encourages players to revisit previous levels with their new abilities.


Despite its many positives, Strayed Lights does have a few flaws. One of the biggest issues is the game’s length – it’s relatively short and can be completed in just a few hours. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, some players may feel like they didn’t get their money’s worth despite what we think is a solid price point for the game. Additionally, the game’s story is somewhat vague and implicit, which may leave some players feeling unsatisfied.

Overall, Strayed Lights is a fantastic indie game that offers a unique twist on the classic action adventure formula. With its stunning visuals, haunting soundtrack, and solid combat mechanics, it’s definitely worth checking out. The game’s short length and vague story may be drawbacks for some, but the overall experience is well worth the price of admission.

Score: 7.4/10

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