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Parents' Guide to

Doomsday Vault

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Game about climate change has fun, simple puzzles.

Game Mac , Nintendo Switch , Windows 2021
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Short but cute, and founded on a positive message that may make players think more about climate change, this is a good choice for players that don't need constant action and epic quests. Despite its warning of what climate change could potentially do to the planet, Doomsday Vault is welcoming in its look and feel. The loveable little robot can be customized in all sorts of fun ways, from changing colors and skin patterns to swapping arms, belts, helmets, and backpacks. And the world, though empty of human life, is bright and colorful, with a dreamlike electronic score to keep you company. It's pretty fun, too. The variety of puzzles are such that no one type outstays its welcome. Each new environment brings with it new challenges and abilities, whether that means blowing up rocks and other obstacles to reveal hidden paths and collectibles or figuring out how to transfer some of your robot's energy to power up long-dead machines without running out of power yourself.

The only things keeping Doomsday Vault from really soaring are its shortness and some slightly clunky controls. Skilled players may be able to finish the entire game in just a few hours, though finding every last stash of nutrients in each level will take a little more time, and there's not much in the way of replay value. And while exploration and puzzle solving are pretty straightforward, the controls can be a bit annoying. The world's essentially a grid, with our robot moving between squares. But since it's viewed from an isometric perspective (down and at an angle), it can make using a left/right/up/down-oriented d-pad or even a thumbstick feel a bit awkward. But moments of true aggravation are few and far between. If you're looking for a quick little play with a surprisingly feel-good vibe, you could definitely do worse than Doomsday Vault.

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