Astro's Playroom Review

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Posted: 12 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

In the game you control your little character as he jumps, dodges and explores his way around the levels. Unlike other platform games, this has a trick up its sleeve in the form of the DualSense controller's ability to let you feel your way around levels.

The rumble feedback lets you get a sense of the rain that falls on you or the fluttering of snow fall. The adaptive triggers get harder to press when aspects of the game demand -- like judging how tight to pull a spring before releasing. This means you need deft soft touches as much as quick hard presses -- like when you have to gently press the triggers to grip a hand hold without doing it too tight and making them crumble.

This is a great game to play with the family, not only as a demo of the new controller but as a game that will hold your attention for a considerable time. Also, because of the different skills required you may find a wider audience of players than usual platform games.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete. While Astro's previous games, Welcome Park and The Playroom, were small demo-like experiences on previous systems, Astro's Playroom offers much more of a full game. It has four large worlds and 16 levels, with plenty of secrets to discover. This is extended further with over 100 collectibles to find, many of which can be observed in an interactive hub, which serves as a virtual gallery for PlayStation’s past.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Free with the PlayStation 5 console.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ Fantasy Violence. While enemies chase, smash, or shoot projectiles at Astro, players can dispatch them via melee/spin attacks, resulting in robots bursting into fragments and coins. In some sequences, players can use gun-like blasters that shoot coloured balls at a frenetic pace; players can also use a bow and arrow to defeat enemies, resulting in mild explosions. One game mode allows players to shoot other Astro-type robots with blasters in order to disturb/stall opponents from completing an objective.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings... read more about system accessibility settings.


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