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Solar Ash Review
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Solar Ash is a running and jumping game with a strong focus on fluidity of movement and combat. You play Rei, who is trying to reclaim her homeland. You swing and float your way through a vivid, surreal landscape filled with enemies of all shapes and sizes. It's a fresh take on classic 3D platforming games like Mario Odyssey, by adding a quick and intense combat system.

Set in the same universe as Hyper Light Drifter, this time you are inside a huge black hole, the Ultravoid. You play Rei, a daring void runner desperate to save her homeworld before it is consumed. You must defeat all the evil beings that have taken up residence on your planet, and face ever stronger enemies against overwhelming odds.

"At its core, Solar Ash is a game about movement", says developer Alex Preston, and this is reflected in the speed and agility possessed by Rei. You follow trails of colour and glide across huge chasms as you traverse the vast world in search of enemies. Fights are quick, but sometimes require complex timing and manoeuvres to beat. The fights gradually increase in difficulty and scale, and offer up a challenge even to experienced players.

Its fluid movement system, ethereal visuals and unique combat system make Solar Ash a unique game in the vast expanse of platforming games.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)

CommitmentCommitment

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

Rated PEGI 12 because it features images that younger players may find disturbing. The game includes a sequence that features a giant character with a spear piercing its chest. Blood is seen running continuously from the character's wounds although how the wounds occurred is not shown and the character does not appear to react to its injuries. Nonetheless, younger children may find the character disturbing, as well as a later scene in which a pile of humanoid bodies are shown. The game also includes violence as the player's character fights against fantastical alien life forms. Collisions cause characters to flash and make grunting noises. No injury details are shown, although there are occasional effects involving an inky blood-like substance.

Skill Rating

11+ 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. With a simple style and easy to grasp game mechanics, Solar ash presents a challenge for children, but is not punishingly difficult or complex.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Solar Ash Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@HeartMachineZ) 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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