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Astro Bot (PS5) hands-on: Galactic exploration

Astro Bot (PS5) hands-on: Galactic exploration

Astro Bot

If you've always wanted to play Super Mario Odyssey on your PlayStation 5, then Astro Bot will probably scratch that itch. Like Odyssey, Astro Bot is a 3D platformer that lets you explore more than 50 planets to collect things. In this case though, it's other robots — called VIPS — dressed as characters from Sony's game universe.

Quick notes

  • Reminds me a lot of Mario platformers
  • Powers are fun to use, with the levels designed around them
  • Challenge mode levels are tough but fun to learn

Unlike the original Astro Playroom, Astro Bot is not a Virtual Reality (VR) game. Instead it's a 3D space adventure platformer. You can jump and glide, and each planet gives you a special power that you can use to complete the levels. You'll have the opportunity to find and rescue your fellow Bots in each level — some are hidden while others are out in the open.

Astro Bot
Screenshot: Sony PlayStation

Astro Bot offers a wide variety of environments. In the demo I tried, I explored a pretty generic planet, a water-themed location, and a construction planet. There was also a fun boss fight, which was rather easy and forgiving. Once you complete the boss fight, you'll get to try out challenge modes, which I found tough. These are stages where you have to navigate platforms with different mechanics such as a breaking-glass platform with enemies. Getting to the end gives you a VIPS. Failure means restarting at the beginning.

Astro Bot
Screenshot: Sony PlayStation

Because I'm a very impatient person, these stages are a bit tough for me to finish. The mode rewards those who are patient, and willing to wait for the right timing. These are similar to Jedi Survivor‘s Force Tears. I'll probably put in the time to complete this in the full game. Honestly, it's fun if you're the sort that wants to put the time into learning the patterns and mechanics. You'll get a dopamine rush at the end, no doubt.

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Astro Bot
Screenshot: Sony PlayStation

Astro Bot really makes full use of the PS5's DualSense controller. For example, you can use the motion controls to pilot a spaceship. After picking up and using special powers, your controller will also vibrate accordingly. If you're punching something, you'll feel the impact when your punches land.

At S$79.90, Astro Bot is going to offer hours of fun for casual players, and challenges for the hardcore ones. It's going to be a blast reviewing this when it launches on September 6 later this year.

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