Astro's Playroom 

released on Nov 12, 2020
Astro's Playroom

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Astro's Playroom 

released on Nov 12, 2020

Astro and his crew lead you on a magical introduction through PS5 in this fun platformer that comes pre-loaded on PS5. Explore four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components. Each area showcases innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5's DualSense wireless controller.


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Overall: As a free tech demo for the PS5's new Dualsense controller features, it hits the mark, but it's also just a flat-out great platformer with charm to spare.

Pros: Goes through the history of PlayStation with panache, platforming controls are tight and responsive, uses all the new features of the Dualsense controller, gorgeous art style and graphics, catchy soundtrack, and just plain fun. Did I mention it's free?

Cons: Relatively short length, not very difficult, and some of the controller functions can be frustrating to perform consistently.


Neat little platformer that's definitely worth playing through. It's quite fun for the most part, except when it starts forcing you to use sixaxis and the touch pad in certain parts. Those sections can fuck off.


A wonderful platformer, that really feels like it brings 'pack in' games back to the fore. Not only is it charming and fun to play, it really illustrates the appeal of the hardware it debuts with. So much so that I sort of wonder how well will others, especially third parties, be able to follow up with the same tech.


Astro's playroom is the best modern pack-in game ever, no question. It's a tease of what's (hopefully) to come, with charm coming out of every possible nook and cranny, as well as a hearty side helping of nostalgia bait done in the best way.

This game has a fantastic platinum that can be done in 4 hours or so, and it lets you see everything the game has to offer without anything unfair.

Astro has so much potential to become a larger series, and I really hope Team Asobi is given control to make a full length Astro 3D platformer, because I'd be there on day one.


Cute, witty, and the perfect game for showcasing the features of the PS5 controller.