Astro's Playroom is a 3D platformer included free on every PlayStation 5 console. You play as a small robot called Astro tasked with solving puzzles and recovering PlayStation related artefacts.
The game essentially works as a demo to show off all of the new features of the PS5's DualSense controller, but features a very enjoyable short story and it's cram packed with retro PlayStation memorabilia. It's arguably one of the best 3D Platformers on PlayStation so there's no excuse to miss out.
- Release Date: 12th November, 2020
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Date Started: 19th November, 2020
- Date Completed: 19th November, 2020
- Version Played: Digital
- Price: Free (After buying a £450 PS5 console)
- Being reminded of how many PlayStation devices Sony have released over the years, and how many of them I still actually own!
- The different worlds all have their own themes and challenges which are quite fun.
- Getting the Platinum trophy by quite literally getting the Platinum trophy!
- There's not really anything particularly "bad" to say about the game.
- It's maybe an hour longer than it needs to be, but still a relatively short game.
- I found a few of the new DualSense control adaptive trigger minigames a bit annoying after awhile. It certainly adds a new dimension to gaming and is cool to try out, but the game is probably easier and slightly more fun with the features disabled.
- Keepy Uppies - Juggled a ball 5 times with the Frog Suit.
Not exactly difficult, none of the trophies are really, but it was probably the only one I can remember that took more than a few attempts.
Helpful Bugs / Glitches / Exploits
Not necessarily a bug, but it's possible to collect coins at the start of a level then use the fast travel to restart the level and collect them over again. Given the rapid load times on PS5, this means you can farm coins quite quickly. Personally I did this for awhile at the start of Cooling Springs level 3 - Frigid Floes as there are a number of boxes you can smash gaining around 30 coins per loop.
Platinum Difficulty Rating - 2/10
The game isn't really challenging at all. A few of the puzzles take a bit of thought and some of the collectables are a bit tricky to find but there's nothing that should prevent a casual gamer from achieving the Platinum trophy over the course of a few days.
Platinum Time - 4 to 8 Hours
It took me just under 8 hours but I spent a fair bit of time grinding coins for the Gatcha machine. If you know what you're doing, it's easily possible to complete the game in one sitting.
Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 8/10
My first Platinum on PlayStation 5 so it'll always have a special place in my heart. I definitely enjoyed the retro PlayStation memorabilia but couldn't quite play through the full game in one sitting so it wasn't as engaging as maybe it could have been.
Overall Game Rating - 10/10
As a free game, bundled with a brand new console you can't have any complaints with Astro's Playroom. The gameplay is fun, the graphics are cute and it makes full use of the new DualSense controller features which adds another dimension. It's reasonably quick and easy to finish and I'd probably play it again at some point so I can't really say anything bad about it. If there's one game you should use to show off your PS5 and the features of the new controller, it's this!
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