Shiftlings Review


Developed by Rock Pocket Games

Published by Sierra

“Welcome back to another groovy episode of Shiftlings”

Please Note: This Review is for the Xbox One Version


First Thoughts

So from pressing start the game seems very bright and entertaining the story seems funny and well scripted and the humor is on a level that anyone can understand so far Shiftlings has very entertaining gameplay that I am finding very fun and cant wait to see what more the game has to offer.


In Shiftlings, you play a pair of space engineers – Purple Plop and Green Goop – who are the unwitting contestants/test subjects of an intergalactic reality game show. As part of the program, you’ll be sent to over 50 absurdly hazardous levels across five unique worlds to perform maintenance tasks for the amusement of the audience at home.

As I can gather the story isn’t a major deal to the game as the game is focused on the puzzling level design which actually gets tricky as you progress throughout the game especially if you are trying to get all the cola bottles. For what the story explains at the beginning of the game its very funny and anyone can follow it with a very enjoyable view overall I think the story isn’t a big part to the game, that said it doesn’t need to be when I play a puzzle game most of the time I am focused on the puzzle to even think of what’s happening within the story but as I said anyone can enjoy the way this game starts its amusing for everyone and that’s the best part ANYONE CAN ENJOY IT!


The gameplay to Shiftlings is a side scroller puzzle adventure with very easy to understand controls especially when playing alone the way the puzzle are difficult is to be able to wrap your mind around moving each character. bare in mind that one character will stay bloated and one will stay skinny the bloated one cant move fast or jump far but of course has its advantages and disadvantages the skinny one can jump high move fast but again would be nothing without the help of the bloated character which i think is amazing the connection that is in the game you are attached to the other character by a tube pressing Y will change the bloater and B Will change character this may sound simple to you but it can be very difficult when playing alone you have to remember what one you are which is great i was in stitches laughing my head off at this game i was messing around tying the rope around a wall then forgetting i did it (This then took me about a minute or 2 to figure out what i had done) but still even down to the gameplay its difficult but fun AND THAT’S WHAT I LIKE!. Overall the gameplay to this game is Brilliant! and again its fun for everyone also having the opportunity to play a game like this with friends will be so much fun!



The graphics to shiftlings are great and I like them a lot straight away when i see this game i said to myself this has potential and so much to offer as a game even more when i see characters like this is a game i think this could be a great cartoon to watch and this game has it the humour is brilliant and ties in with the graphics its bright and colourful and makes you feel so welcoming to the game. To me i think this games graphics are awesome and as I stated it has so much to offer again FOR EVERYONE this is also the level design is perfect and especially if you want a challenge. Overall the graphics are perfect for what the game is about and what it is offering and they don’t need to be any different because they look great.


The soundtrack to Shiftlings is amazing and fits the game very well its sounds very sci fi kind of music which is great for the whole alien (Shiftlings or Zorks) Thing the music is also very catchy and at times I was humming along to it so that’s always a good thing because it gets you even more involved in the game. The voice of the person who commentates over the show is hilarious with some of the stuff he says it is great also the sound effects of doors, changing for bloat to skinny is very cool and again very well fitted. Overall the sound to this game is amazing and definitely a strong point to the experience of the game.

Lasting Appeal

This game will last ages for many reasons one of them is that the levels get more difficult as you progress through the game also if you want more of a challenge try and collect all of the Cola bottles as that will take some extra time and add to the length of the game also there is a time attack mode where you can try and beat the best time which will also be fun.

Final Thoughts

Shiftlings is Amazing and a unique side scroller game very enjoyable and a blast to play this game is great for many reasons the gameplay is fun and the levels are difficult adding for a very challenging game but I can feel it getting very repetitive but I also think that’s because I am playing single player overall Shiftlings is an amazing game and blast of fun for everyone. I Recommend picking this game up as its definitely worth a shot and if your a fan of side scrollers and puzzle genre games then this is for you.


Rating: 9/10

The Good

  • Great Fun For EVERYONE!
  • Brilliant and enjoyable gameplay
  • Very challenging
  • The game will last if you try and get all cola and take your time
  • A Overall funny game for anyone

The Bad

  • Game gets repetitive (The game is still good it just doesn’t vary much)

Shiftlings is available now for Xbox One, PS4 & PC. Thanks go out to Sierra for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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