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Video GameConcrete Genie Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson, Rich Adams and @gweronimo.

OverviewOverview

Concrete Genie is a running and jumping game about a young boy, who is isolated and bullied, in this exploration platform game with a twist. Using motion controls and buttons you can draw beautiful graffiti on the buildings, which come to life. These become the habitat for the creatures you create, who help you progress through the town. It’s a sad and dark setting for a small boy, but with the magical drawings you help him find hope, solve puzzles and gain courage.

Concrete Genie includes two optional VR modes. VR Experience is a quest to unlock a mysterious power, follow a genie while painting in a new way. VR Free Paint invites you to explore the town and paint with unlocked brushes.

There’s a power in this game. It presents a difficult situation – bullying, sadness, loss – in a gentle way that creates space to be hopeful and allows the emotions to be engaged.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/08/2019

Platforms: PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Pixelopus (@Pixelopus)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete. The main story will take about 6 hours to complete, although this will be longer for younger players who linger on the painting aspect of the game. To see everything in the game will take about 10 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Violence is mild and consists mainly of Ash being shoved around by the bullies. While visibly distressed, he is largely unhurt by their actions. Ash can also fight off dark monsters with his magical paintbrush, using it to restore them to their lighter, happier selves.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

8+ 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. The themes of bullying and other kids being mean make this more suited for slightly older children. You need to enjoy being creative and taking time with the drawn sections of the game. There is also quite a bit of puzzle solving that you need to keep going with even when you seem stuck.

CostsCosts

Concrete Genie usually costs £24.99 to £34.99.
 

Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie Digital Deluxe Edition

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

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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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