A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Products & Purchases
The game's purely a promotional vehicle for Sony products. Easter eggs promote previously released PlayStation games.
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.
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.
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