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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Astro's Playroom 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 days ago.
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 snowfall. 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 handhold 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.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Themes and Violence.
6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us, "the Labo level is great for little ones to get the hang of mastering 3D movement. There are no enemies or places to fall but still some things to interact with and so platforming too". Speedrun mode is popular with teenagers who can compete for fastest times with friends and family.
Another family said, "My 3-yo likes to run around in Astro's Playroom -- most enemies can't kill you, you can't fall off ledges without jumping off, it's extremely "safe". Great non-gamer friendly stuff in there, except I wish I could restrict the camera more."
Release Date: 19/11/2020
Out Now: PS5
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Accessibility: 14 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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