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Space Marauder (Dreams) Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Space Marauder is a shooting game where you play a spaceship on the frontier of the galaxy, mining precious resources from asteroids and defeating enemies. While its unique controls are extremely simple and paired-back, they take time to master. Unusual for a shooting game, its simple 2-colour art-style and intuitive gameplay allows you to progress at your own pace, make for a relaxing yet rewarding experience.

You play an asteroid miner in a spaceship, tasked by your overseer, Ruby, with mining the myriad asteroids that populate the space around your base. You encounter dangerous mines that can detonate and destroy you, and you need to watch out for bands of hog pirates who'd like nothing more than to blast you into oblivion.

You move around using your joysticks, one for speed and one for direction. The physics system makes moving around accurately really tough and requires a lot of practice and skill. You can upgrade your lasers, which you use to shoot asteroids, mines and enemy ships, as well as get other upgrades, such as fuel capacity, health and rate of fire. If you die, you lose all the resources you were carrying and respawn back at your base. You can then go back and collect what you lost.

It's a unique modern twist on old arcade games like Asteroids, which expands on the formula with new gameplay elements and controls, but keeps the core elements that made those old games successes.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Duckenomics (@Duckenomics)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete. The game saves your progress, so you can leave and come back, allowing you to play for as long or as little as you'd like.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Space Marauder

PlayStation Store PS4 Free

Dreams

PlayStation Store PS5 Free

Dreams

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You need to purchase Dreams to play the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Once you have Dreams the game itself is free via the above link.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game is created and played in the PlayStation game-builder platform Dreams. As it's not an independent commercial game it does not have an individual age rating. Dreams as a platform is rated PEGI 12 but this does not cover user generated content created.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 7 years old as minimum age. Account required for online play that has 7 years old as minimum age. You must be 7 years old to have a PSN account, which is required to play Dreams. To set this up you need permission from a parent or guardian. Unless the parent or guardian specify not to restrict Network Features | Communication and User-Generated Content, or make an exception for Dreams they will only be able to access games and assets created by Media Molecule (rather than games made by the community).

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can enable cruise control, which automatically moves your ship forward, meaning you don't have to continually hold down the direction stick.

The text and subtitles throughout the game are all large and high contrast, and each speaker has a box with their name and a picture of them. While all the speech is voice acted, there is a filter on some of the voices that could make it difficult to understand for some people.

As there are only two colours in the game, that contrast each other well, it is easy to distinguish between individual elements.
 
Our Space Marauder Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:

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