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Defunct (2016) is an adventure game where you race through a post-human landscape. You play an old, broken racing robot with little propulsion left. However, by using the landscape and varying your gravitation pull you learn how to speed through the world. It's an unusual way to get around that leads to a sense of achievement and flow reminiscent of skateboarding or skiing.

Play involves using this gravity-altering technique to explore the environment. Turning up gravity when going downhill increase your speed and turning it off when going uphill will result in less of a decrease in speed. You can also collect speed boosts throughout the levels. These offer orb-shaped speed bursts or bottle-shaped boosts that can be used when you need them. You can also magnetize structures you find so you can stick to surfaces and grind along them when going upside down or vertically.

In this way, you race through the world, meet robots, fly through junkyards and boost your way back to your ship. There are 11 varied spaces to explore each with unique climates, biomes and challenges.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Defunct 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Platform, Race and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game. You can compete for the best online completion times in time trial modes (which features 5 extra levels).


Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. With many more hours of play to explore the world and find everything, as well as compete in the races.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

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


Defunct usually costs £5.89 to £8.99.


Switch Store Switch £8.99
Steam Store PC £5.89
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99


XBox Store Xbox One £8.39
XBox Store PC £8.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/01/2016, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Platform, Race and Simulation)

Accessibility: 8 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: FS Game Studio (@FSGameStudio)

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