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Bound (2016) is a traversal game where you play a dancer in an abstract world who must take on metaphorical monsters to protect her mother in the real world. Play involves moving through the world making baletic jumps and leaps from platform to platform. It stands out for the unusual traversal and how it mirrors the dancer's fractured combative relationships with their mother.

You play an unnamed ballet dancer who must traverse surreal, dreamlike environments that collapse and coalesce in response to your presence. Dance moves embellish your movement and have the practical benefit of repelling enemies that block your path.

As you progress you are rewarded with glimpses of the dancer's real life. She is pregnant and you discover the conflict in the dances comes from her parents' unpleasant divorce. As you dance, you process these emotions and come to terms with expecting your own child.

The result is a game, as David Heineman describes it, that's as much about people as it is about dancing. It escapes having a clear hero or villain, instead being critical of the whole cast from time to time. By the end, we have danced our way to understanding the pain and beauty of family relationships. Through movement, we find a way to persevere through conflicts and flaws.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bound 10 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Narrative and Traversal game with Platform and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear, Violence.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need some dexterity and patience to traverse the world, although there's no penalty for falling off and it's usually clear which way to go. However, because the platforming is a little bit hit-and-miss, you need to be able to follow the story to draw you through moments when you are stuck or frustrated.

CostsCosts

Bound

PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/08/2016

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)


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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