Dandy & Randy DX is the fairly typical low-cost game that you have probably come to expect from publisher Ratalaika Games. It’s a game that won’t set the world on fire by any means but it is not without its charm.
You play as one of four characters; Dandy and Randy (who you unlock later) and two other characters you can also unlock. The game also features a co-op mode so you can play couch co-op with a friend. The game tells the tale of the aforementioned Dandy, a duck and Randy, a rabbit. The two adventurers head to Sunrise Islands in search of riches to pay their bills.
Dandy & Randy DX Review – Searching for Treasure in a Not Half-Bad Game
The game takes place across several different levels. Each of these levels looks different but the gameplay and basic puzzles are pretty much the same throughout. Puzzles mostly revolve around pushing blocks into certain positions or using your tools to progress further.
Although the puzzles are pretty straightforward, they are fairly enjoyable and there is a couple of slightly more complex ones thrown in. Combat revolves around picking up certain objects that can then be thrown at enemies to kill them.
Boss fights are also pretty much the same and involve you dodging their attacks and throwing objects at their head until the boss is defeated. You can also use your boomerang tool which you get to stun enemies.
I found the boss fights, in particular, to be quite interesting and some of them definitely posed a challenge. Even when playing on normal difficulty. There is a boss fight at the end of each level and a couple of mini-boss type fights as well. Although defeating the bosses utilised the same tactics of dodging attacks and throwing things at them, each boss battle, in terms of the different boss attacks was sufficiently unique to remain interesting.
Tools of the Trade
The main aim of Dandy & Randy DX is to progress through the various levels, beat the bosses and find as many gold coins as possible. You start off with your trusty spade, this helps you dig the ground to find shiny gold coins. Laster in the game you will get even more tools to help you traverse the various levels and solve the puzzles the game throws at you.
Each of the tools in your inventory can be useful for certain specific purposes. Your spade can dig you up some treasure, the hammer can smash rocks in your path and you can use the boomerang to stun enemies or grab out of reach loot. Or hit out of reach buttons. There is also a grappling hook that is useful for getting yourself across poisonous swamps and lava pits. And lastly, you can also pick up a pair of running shoes, which you give you Usain Bolt like speed.
It’s Not Too Shabby
Dandy & Randy DX is simply your typical, low-budget fun game. I found the game to be somewhat challenging, even on normal difficulty. So more hardcore players might enjoy it playing on higher difficulties. The puzzles are fairly basic but a couple of them do make you think for a bit. By far though, the boss fights were definitely the highlight of the game for me.
The game was overall pretty enjoyable and the couple of hours it took to complete the game were by no means wasted. If you are looking for a cheap, simple, fund adventure puzzle game with some colourful graphics and pretty cool retro music then give Dandy & Randy DX a try.
Dandy & Randy DX has just launched today and you can get it for £5.79 on the PlayStation Store. You will get both the PS4 & PS5 versions for one price. That means two trophy lists and two Platinum trophies.
Game reviewed on PS5. Review code provided by the publisher.
Dandy & Randy DX - The PSF Verdict
The game was overall pretty enjoyable and the couple of hours it took to complete the game were by no means wasted. If you are looking for a cheap, simple, fund adventure puzzle game with some colourful graphics and pretty cool retro music then give Dandy & Randy DX a try