Astro's Playroom

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Cute, free game showcases the PlayStation 5's features.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Astro's friendly and waves at the player from time to time, but there's no message to the game. 

Positive Role Models

Astro's a robot that doesn't speak. There's no sense of why he's completing the tasks he has, other than they're set in front of him.

Ease of Play

The game' s meant as a tutorial to the PlayStation 5, so it's very clear about how to proceed at all times. 

Violence & Scariness

The gameplay features minimal cartoonish violence across each stage.

Language
Consumerism

The game's purely a promotional vehicle for Sony products. Easter eggs promote previously released PlayStation games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Astro's Playroom is a pack-in title with the PlayStation 5 that showcases the features of the system's new DualSense controller, such as a built in speaker, enhanced rumble effects and more. It's a true platform game that's also loaded with Easter Eggs that harken back to past PlayStation games. Kids (and parents) will love the adorable nature of the hero Astro. There's no notable violence or objectionable content, though the game exists as a promotional vehicle for Sony PlayStation products, both consoles and games for those. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarineCat636 November 19, 2020

Cute but short platformer has mild cartoon violence.

Parents need to know that this fun game has little to no violence. Common Sense was right on with this review. This game was made to show the potential of the n... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byPS5Lover March 25, 2021

gud game

why is it rated 6 and up, its literally the best small kids game you could get
Kid, 10 years old October 11, 2021

Great game for kids!

If your wondering why I put ages 4+ instead of 2+, well its because of the violence. You punch beetle looking enemies and you can also punch other robots. If yo... Continue reading

What's it about?

In ASTRO'S PLAYROOM, players guide Astro through a series of lands, all of which tout the selling points of the PlayStation 5, including its SSD hard drive and new processor. This makes for a themed series of levels (four levels per land) that showcase the DualSense controller, primarily its rumble feature. You'll feel the ice shattering beneath Astro's feet via the controller. You'll feel the push of a windstorm. You'll feel tension as you try to pull a cord. You'll feel the spring of a jump. It underscores how much the controller can be a part of the game. For instance, in one area, Astro is atop a floating ice chunk attached to a pinwheel. To move, you'll need to blow into the controller. The game's also loaded with hidden items, which will appeal to players who like to collect trophies or find more to do once they finish a level. Completing levels unlocks rewards, encouraging players to replay. 

Is it any good?

This is a game many people might look past in their excitement to play one of the AAA launch titles for the PlayStation 5, but that would be a mistake. Astro's Playroom is utterly charming, surprisingly deep and shows, more than many other titles, some of what makes the PS5 unique. Better graphics and faster load times are fine, but the subtle effects that are imparted via the controller are something new -- and something wonderful. The game itself, even if it's a pure promotional vehicle for the system, is loaded with cute nods to PlayStation's past (and past games) -- such as other little robots dressed as Kratos from God of War or the ability to hop on the eject button of an original PlayStation to see the lid pop open. And Astro shows that while Sony might excel at realistic and sometimes dark games, it's also very capable of making a title that young kids can enjoy. While it might not be as deep and rich a world as Super Mario Bros., Astro's Playroom is a title that young and old can both enjoy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about progress. How have some products improved over time? How do those changes impact the experience of using or interacting with those products?

  • How can curiosity yield great rewards during this game? Can you take the lessons from this game and apply that to real life?

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