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Goodbye Volcano High (2023) is a high school coming-of-age adventure set in a world of anthropomorphic dinosaur characters. You play as band members, non-binary Fang and best friend Trish as they navigate the last days of high school. It's a mix of making choices about conversations, rhythm challenges and dealing with the ongoing drama of growing up.

It's the final year of high school, and graduation looms on the horizon. Your decisions (and rhythm) determine whether the students of Volcano High manage to figure themselves out before it's all over. As you talk to peers, walk the halls and get down to band practice you decide what risks to take with your heart and friendships.

The game is fully voiced and - through exploration, dialogue and a range of cinematic minigames - offers a branching narrative where you control the journey through difficult choices with far-reaching consequences. Depending on how you interact with characters determines the depth of your relationship and whether you can interact with them at different moments in the story.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm just standing on the edge of doing great things," says Fang. "But something's holding me back. Maybe it's just nerves. Maybe it's the fear that I'll never be as good as what I imagine." Goodbye Volcano High is about the beginning of a love story and the end of an era. In magical realism style, the narrative spins together an eclectic mix of teenage hopes for fame, fears about life after graduation, a potential apocalypse and budding romance.

Our examiner, Oli Hawkins, first checked Goodbye Volcano High 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative, Point-and-Click and Rhythm game with Adventure and Communication elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 8 hours to complete. Because of the different routes through the story depending on your choices, multiple play-throughs enable you to see more of the interactions between characters you may have missed the first time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features use of strong language. This game features use of strong language ('*!@?*') as well as milder terms including '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. The game also includes references to alcohol and some very mild sexual references.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB MATURE 17+ for Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco.
This game contains mature representations of queer teen life, strong language, mentions of drug and alcohol use, death, and sexuality. There are moments in the game where you have to take a Tarot reading. This is used to offer wisdom and meaning rather than reveal secrets.

The game was originally rated PEGI 12 when the developer completed the IARC questionnaire. This was updated to PEGI 16 when reviewed by the Games Rating Authority.

Skill Level

12+ 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. Your choices are straightforward, although understanding the implications takes some maturity. The rhythm and design aspects of the game are also approachable for younger players.

CostsCosts

Goodbye Volcano High usually costs £24.99.
 

Goodbye Volcano High

Steam Store PC £24.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Rhythm (Adventure and Communication)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Ko Op Mode (@KoOpMode)


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