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Penko Park Review
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Posted: A year ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Penko Park is an adventure about exploring an abandoned wildlife park, taking photos of the weird and creepy creatures which you find. Like exploring a children's story book world, you collect these snapshots along with fur samples and fossils to add to your guidebook. Investigating further, you uncover the history of the park as well as hidden paths and secrets.

Although you don't control your movement through the world, you interact with nature using your grappling hook to pull things towards you and to inspect what you find. You can unlock different camera modes, such as Ghost-O-Vision, which can allow you to see creatures and areas which you can't normally see.

Penko Park is similar to a Pokemon game in that you travel around the park and discover new monsters to interact with. Each of the monsters in the park has a checklist of pictures you need to take with them in different locations and actions. Unlike Pokemon, this is a calmer experience with no fighting and a pacing you can set for yourself as you walk around the park and take photos of the unusual creatures in various eerie and diverse environments. This game is also more unsettling than Pokemon with darker and creepier monsters, rather than cute and colourful ones.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Ghost Butter (@GhostButter)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game is designed to be easy and not require super accurate photos. You can complete the game with minimal collection, so you can define how hard the game is by how ambitious you are.

You can unlock the ability to stop the cart which enables you to take as much time as you need for pictures.

If you use all your 30 photos and don't get any monster photos you are offered 10 more photos.

Although you don't have to hold buttons very much, there is one action (throwing a ball) you need to hold a button for about half a second.

Generally colourblind friendly and finding a monster turns your crosshair indicator red (and indicates with audio and changed crosshair shape).
 
Our Penko Park Accessibility Report documents 32 accessibility features:

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