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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cloudpunk is an adventure game for Windows PCs. The game casts players as a young courier for a delivery service in a futuristic city on her first night on the job. There are multiple drug references tied to missions you're involved in (and your character can purchase drugs, too). It also features frequent strong profanity, such as "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." Sex and violence is discussed, but not seen. The main character will need to make ethical decisions from time to time, such as whether to courier substances which could hurt the people she's delivering them to, or stealing packages before they're delivered.
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What’s It About?
In CLOUDPUNK, players are tasked with thriving as a fresh-faced courier in the futuristic city of Nivalis. Your character Rania is new to the city, and gets a job as a courier. She'll float around the neo-noir vertical metropolis with an A.I. dog companion, park her flying car, and interact with various characters (be they human, A.I., or Android robots). She'll also take on missions, mostly focusing on transporting goods from one place to another. This will include some dangerous and illegal jobs that you'll have to decide whether you should take or not, and other ethical choices along the way. You'll use money earned from jobs to upgrade your ride, buy food, clothes, drugs, and things for your apartment, like furniture. As a courier, you'll begin to unravel what's really happening in Nivalis, who's really running the show, and how your quasi legal company may be involved in it all. All of this takes place in one night, but there's some replayability once the main game has been completed (including optional side missions).
Is It Any Good?
This adventure is a delight -- for the most part -- as it's a refreshing fusion between a flying car simulation in a futuristic city and story-based adventure game. While not flawless, Cloudpunk is a fun, affordable title that's unlike other games you've played. Many of the missions are tied to delivering parcels from A to B, but in doing so, you'll meet a cast of characters and uncover more of the overreaching storyline. You'll no doubt grow fond of some of the more recurring characters, like Control, who's like your dispatcher that helps you learn the ropes of this new city. You've also got your A.I. dog companion to keep you entertained during jobs. Other characters will come and go throughout this 8- to 10-hour or so adventure. Often, Rania will be confronted with a choice that doesn't have a clear "right" or "wrong" answer, and it's fun to weigh the moral and ethical implications for these, but it doesn't seem to change the story at all (while ambitious, it would be better if it did affect Rania's path).
Controlling your flying cars is fun after you learn to smoothly ascend and descend, adjust speed, take corners, and park before going on-foot. The driving experience is fun and visually engaging with this electric city with huge video billboards, sprawling skyscrapers and mix of traffic to navigate through (similar to Blade Runner). There are some issues with slowdown and the occasional crash, but it's stable for the most part. But Rania on foot isn't as gratifying because of the camera angles that shift depending on your location and can obstruct your view. While Cloudpunk has its various issues, it's notworthy to have games that aren't just different -- in this case, a mash-up between adventure game mechanics with driving as a courier -- but mostly works well. Plus, it successfully folds in a dark sci-fi cyberpunk theme and attractive visuals with interesting characters.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about drugs in video games. Why do you think there;s such a big focus on drugs and drug delivery in this game? Would the gamplay be just as interesting if this content wasn't included? Does the content seem believable?
Why do you think the profanity is so frequently used in Cloudpunk? Is it for effect, or is it because the developers are trying to capture how people talk? Would the gameplay be the same without the swearing?
- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Ion Lands
- Release date: April 26, 2020
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Robots, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: M for Drug References, Strong Language
- Last updated: August 26, 2021
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