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Rain World: Downpour Review
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Posted: 9 days ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rob Prior and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Rain World, and the expansion Downpour, are traversal and survival games where you play a half cat, half slug in a living breathing world. Games often promise that, but here it's true, although it's broken and predatory. You must brave the other living things to search for food before the rain comes and you have to hide.

Play involves sneaking, climbing and pouncing your way around a world that is itself on the move. You have to work to find enough food to hibernate before the rain comes and you have to hide. If you do this, you gain access to more of the vast number of 1600 rooms and 12 diverse regions. But when you die you lose some of this access.

It's a hard game. Hard to survive with unexpected ambushes from opportunistic animals. But also hard to get used to the controls. Your movement and procedurally generated animation mean that you are both sluggish and fluid. At first it's tempting to try and control things tightly, but soon you learn to go with this movement and unique sense of weight.

The ecosystem of predators and prey have goals of their own so that the food chain evolves as you play so you never quite know what you will find next. As you explore you discover both opportunity for food and plenty of danger. You can find items to help you with the enemy creatures, but you still need to work with the physics to defeat the other animals and avoid being eaten. You are small and soft and must rely on stealth and wit rather than force.

The result is a game that gets you behaving like an animal. You find yourself scurrying out to explore the local habitat and wildlife before getting back to safety. In doing this, the game shines a light on our own animal-ness, collapsing the usual divide between us and the other creatures we share the world with.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/03/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Videocult Media (@VideocultMedia)

Players: 1 (4 online)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 45 hours to complete. The game is very open and how you proceed varies greatly, which results in very different play times.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Multiplayer Arena for up to 4 players, featuring Competitive and Sandbox modes

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence towards fantasy characters. The game has two objectives, to find food and avoid the other creatures. If confronted by a creature, which can appear for example as an alligator like or predatory bird like character, the only option is to try and escape otherwise failure to do so will ultimately result in death of the player’s character. As gameplay takes place at a distance no detail is seen of the moment of capture and death. The alligator type characters are extremely tenacious and will chase the player’s character until it is captured. They have large snouts full of teeth, and if caught by one of these the player’s character will hang limply in the mouth of the character.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

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

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Rain World: Downpour usually costs £12.99 to £17.99.
 

Rain World

PlayStation Store PS4 £12.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. Rain World: Downpour is an expansion that adds five new characters with new abilities. It also expands the game with new harsh lands and predators. The characters are:
  • The Rivulet: Jumps higher and runs faster but has less time in between the deadly rains.
  • The Gourmand: Can craft food and tools (with the right materials) and is large, slower and less maneuverable.
  • The Artificer: Can transform rocks into grenades and spears into explosive spears, but doing this costs food.
  • The Spearmaster: Grows bony spears from their tail, but without a mouth they can't eat the easily plucked danglefruit and batflies.
  • The Saint: Can swing through the air and over hazards using its long, long tongue, but commits to its pacifist ideology by eschewing spears.

It also adds a Challenge and Safari mode. In Safari Mode you can observe the ecosystem unfold and even play as other creatures in the game to influence the world.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Rain World: Downpour Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@VideocultMedia) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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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