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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Young Souls (2021) is a side-on fighting game about two drop-out teenagers whose mentor disappears. Gameplay is divided into two distinct worlds: the modern human world and a dark, twisted world of goblins and monsters. You brawl and crunch your way through ranks of enemies like Castle Crashers, only here there's more focus on the story and a chance to collect and upgrade loot between rounds.

Jenn and Tristan, orphaned at a young age, have become social outcasts and troublemakers. They discover a portal into another dimension, ruled by goblins and other fell creatures. You fight to bridge these two very strange and different worlds to save the one person who accepted who you are.

Gameplay is primarily combat with swords and other melee weapons to inflict damage on enemies. You can upgrade your weapons and abilities, and customise your appearance. The many weapons and pieces of equipment have different strengths, weaknesses and incumbrance, so honing each character's set-up is essential. In between fights, you can train in the gym with mini-games that improve your strength and ability further.

It's a novel blend of side-scrolling action and emotional storytelling that, when paired with its deep combat, upgrade system and cooperative gameplay, creates something special. Of particular note is the emotional journey the young protagonists take, not only overcoming their place in society but facing up to shortcomings in their outlook and a need to take responsibility.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Young Souls 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Narrative game with Action, Collecting, Role-Play and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can beat the campaign either by yourself or with a friend in a local multiplayer experience. If you play on your own you tag-team each character.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language. This game contains use of strong language ('f*ck'), as well as milder bad language including 'b*tch', 'p*ss' and 'sh*t'. The game also features moderate violence as the central characters fight against a range of creatures or are hit by traps such as spinning blades and axes. Characters flash or flinch when hit, with damage shown in numbers, and may fall over. When characters are defeated, generally they disappear, although the player's characters can be revived a limited number of times. There is no sight of blood or injuries. There is a reference to selling 'meth'.

You can turn off the bad language that resulted in the high age rating. Without the language, this would likely have been rated PEGI 12 and ESRB TEEN.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players can turn on the extensive difficulty adjustments to make it easy enough. They may get on better with the language filter turned on to reduce swearing. Play requires good reactions and traversal skills. Some maturity enables the player to engage with the surprisingly hard-hitting and nuanced narrative.

CostsCosts

Young Souls usually costs £19.99 to £22.49.
 

Young Souls

Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £22.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Young Souls

XBox Store Xbox One £22.49
XBox Store PC £22.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/08/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Fighting, Narrative (Action, Collecting, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: 1 p 2 p Studio (@1p2pStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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