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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Gunk 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
As you explore the alien planet you discover all sorts of environments: canyons, jungles and caves, but all of these have been corrupted by a black slime-like parasite gunk. Using a vacuum-like tool (reminiscent of Super Mario Sunshine) you clear areas of gunk, revealing healthy life underneath. There are many types of enemies that have formed from the gunk, from small creatures to large beasts. As you progress you discover a mysterious ancient civilisation and work to save the planet from the polluting goo.
As you remove the gunk and clean up each area, wildlife thrives and you can then scan the environment to learn about the world and what to do next. From the developers behind Steamworld Heist, it offers a strong character-based narrative with scenic landscapes but retains a focus on fun and tight exploration and collection gameplay.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA PG.
There are some explosive elements to the game to blow up blockages. You battle different aliens and throw them at each other to make them explode. Character use the words crap, damn and bollocks.
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. Younger players need to be able to traverse the 3D world, be diligent at collecting master the vacuuming up of Gunk and enemies. There are also simple puzzles to solve that require a little lateral thinking and fetching and carrying.
Release Date: 16/12/2021
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Accessibility: 29 features
Components: 3D Third-Person
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