A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This neon-noir cyberpunk-themed game has you driving as a courier for a company, meeting residents of this vertical city and taking on various missions. While you simply want to make a buck, which is noble, the company you work for isn't entirely legal, and some of your mission objectives are dangerous, which isn't very positive. You will unravel a mystery surrounding the city and must make some morality-based choices that might weigh on her conscience.
Positive Role Models
You play a young woman named Rania on your first night working for Cloudpunk, a delivery company. Not much is known about Rania's background, but at times you must make ethical choices for her as you interact with city residents on a mission. For the most part, Rania is a positive character who simply wants to make money. Other characters are a mix of human, robotic, and A.I. characters (including her dog companion), and there's a mix of cultures, age, and genders represented.
Ease of Play
Much of the game is played while driving around the city of Navalis in vehicles controlled in a similar fashion to other driving games. What's different is that these vehicles have the ability to ascend, descend, and drift/float around corners. Parking can be a bit of a pain, though, until you get the hang of it. But overall, the vehicles are quite easy to control, with the first level designed for you to get your footing. You'll also control Rania for a lot of the game, but shifting camera angles sometimes makes it a challenge to see what's going on. There's no way to save the game, but Rania can't die, which also helps those new to gaming.
Violence & Scariness
There’s no combat in Cloudpunk, but there's violence discussed in the dialog, usually tied to shady companies or corrupt authorities
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are references to sex, such as a character named Andy telling you "They want to have sex with humans who behave and respond -- or rather don't respond -- like sex dolls."
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The game includes frequent strong profanity, including words like "f--k," "s--t" and a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few missions are tied to illicit drugs, and "bizarre" drugs, and transporting them. You can purchase drugs, too, along with food, vehicle upgrades, and more.
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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.
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.
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