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Review: ‘Concrete Genie’ (PlayStation 4)

Concrete Genie

Platform: Playstation 4
Release Date: October 8th, 2019 (PS4)
Style: Adventure/Action/Fantasy
Developer: Pixelopus
Publisher: Sony PlayStation


Being an artist may be each exhilarating and draining. Creating something recent and new is a solution to categorical how you are feeling, but typically it’s a must to expose yourself in doing so. In any case, your coronary heart and soul is a part of what you’ve got left behind. But in actuality, you allow the world higher than earlier than once you add that bit of your self to it.  On this evaluation, I hope to point out you simply how Concrete Genie accomplishes this on two levels; within the recreation itself, and in that gifted builders of Pixelopus have poured themselves into it.

The Story

Concrete Genie’s story is brief however sweet. You play as Ash, a artistic teen doodling in his pocket book as he watches the dark port of Denska. We study as we continue by way of the story that it’s been abandoned, that a collection of events have tainted this candy little town. He remembers how things have been, but alas, it’s merely the occasions of previous. As he attracts, bullies come by him and catch what he’s doing. Grabbing his pocket book, they do what they do greatest, bully. As the whole lot transpires on the display you’ll be able to only look in horror as they destroy Ash’s notebook and push him right into a tramcar. Locked inside, Ash can solely watch as it starts up and carries him to the previous deserted lighthouse, which everyone says is haunted.

Every little thing really begins proper here. Ash starts exploring, only to discover a web page he just drew carried off by something that undoubtedly isn’t the wind. He follows to seek out one thing magical, his art has come to life! Your most recent drawing Luna needs you to start out beautifying the lighthouse so as to drive away a darkish, corrupting goop that seems to be contaminating every part, including Denska. She even provides you a magic paintbrush as a way to do it. You agree and proceed to save lots of your own home city. The story is nice as you go along and by the top all of the genies you craft are really your folks.

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There is a huge moral conflict behind Concrete Genie that we talked about earlier, bullies. Ash spends a lot of the recreation operating from this group that just needs to make his day horrible. The thing that makes things totally different in Concrete Genie is they don’t seem to be just a plot system. Early on in the story considered one of them grabs your magic brush, and when Ash in return pulls back, he catches a glimpse into their childhood. No spoilers right here, however the recreation makes some extent that each one bullies aren’t necessarily just dangerous individuals. Some have gone by means of worse things than we might imagine.

I first type of scoffed on the notion, however there was a moment that I noticed I wanted to take a look at the sport from Ash’s viewpoint. Ash has a very good house life. His mom checks on him and cares about his well-being. He looks like he’s doing pretty nicely for himself. Once I began to assume in these phrases, I empathized with the bullies. The only factor I wish Concrete Genie would have completed extra of is including to Ash’s and the bullies’ backstories.

There is a large twist in the recreation within the third act which drives all of this house. It’s too spoilery for me to strategy, however it leads me to this synopsis. Typically it’s essential to save the belongings you love, however that doesn’t all the time imply destroying one thing within the process. You’ve the option to succeed in out and save them.

I also like another function of the sport, newspapers. Their use in the telling of what happened in Denska provides a brand new aspect to the story. While I know I never discovered all of them, Every one tells you just a bit bit about why individuals left what once was a promising harbor town. It’s enough to make one sad the quantity of hassle Denska has endured.

The Gameplay

This leads us to the rationale you in all probability are interested by Concrete Genie, the gameplay. Denska is made up of several open areas you will have to color to convey the town back to life. Speaking of painting, that is the different thing you need to find out about in this recreation. Painting could be very simple.

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This isn’t a recreation the place you’re truly portray a full image. You will have particular “stickers” so to speak that you will put onto partitions. If you gather new pages, you study new patterns or gadgets to paint. It’s as much as you to pick what goes up. When you do that you simply goal (Making use of the Sixaxis of the PS4 controller) on the space you need to paint and press R2. In the event you move the reticle in the path you want, you’ll be able to change the form of what you’re painting. For me, I recognize this styling, though some might need for extra control. Anything I draw usually appears ugly, so figuring out I can just “regulate” what is being painted is perfect for me. This also makes it a perfect recreation for the family in that almost anybody can do it.

This isn’t all you’re going to do. The bullies add the aspect of stealth to the game in having to keep away from them. You also have open-world trappings within the climbing to totally different areas to paint and search for new pages. If you wish to end every space, you need to mild up strings of bulbs by portray close to them. While I at first didn’t understand the map, it’s straightforward to study what you’ve achieved and what you haven’t. Every on occasion you need the assistance of genies to progress in areas apart from just painting on the lights. There are three several types of genies, hearth, electrical, and wind. There are totally different environmental puzzles you’ll want their help with if you want to beautify Denska.

The genies will even ask you to color specific issues on the partitions they are on. They’ll in flip present you Super Paint, which you should use to clear the partitions of the icky darkness maintaining the genies away and corrupting Denska. The genies are just so delivered to life so nicely by Pixelopus. They’ll play games with you, work together together with your different drawings, and lend you that serving to hand once you need it. They are really one of many stars of the game.

Once you make it to the third act, there’s a major twist within the gameplay. You truly should battle corrupted genies. The game turns into somewhat of a third-person shooter/caster on this regard. You could have a number of totally different new talents at this juncture, and all are wanted to assist in rescuing your folks. There’s Paint Skating, a quick means of traversal to catch up with the genies. You possibly can call bullies that will help you daze the genies with flashlights. Most significantly, you study to make use of the three totally different projectiles it’s a must to defeat the genies. Every is modeled after the genie’s talents, hearth, electric, and wind. The primary does probably the most injury, electric can stun, and wind helps to down flying genies. It’s truthfully a posh preventing mechanic made straightforward by clever improvement.

What I can say about my time enjoying Concrete Genie is that it performs phenomenally. There isn’t any stutter in framerate, nothing to complain about in controls. While the Sixaxis management for portray can seem a bit pressured, I don’t see some other means you may give the illusion of painting without it. Also, using that for painting is method simpler than an analog stick. Every thing works because it should, which may’t all the time be stated a few recreation at launch these days.

PSVR Modes

Before we bounce into graphics and soundtrack I need to touch on the PSVR modes. The sport consists of two and makes you begin with just a little journey with Splotch, your paint buddy from the primary story. You go under the lighthouse so as to unearth a mysterious power. Whereas fairly brief I really loved it. You simply comply with the identical concept as the portray with the primary recreation. As you progress, you get more patterns and gadgets to attract. It even jumped into a 3D portray area which was actually superior to experience. Portray different things for Splotch was merely enchanting.

The second of the two modes was free painting, and whereas nonetheless enjoyable it doesn’t match as much as the previous one. It’s merely going to a number of totally different areas and applying your paint “stickers” to the partitions. It seems cool in VR, however after a bit bit, it will get repetitive. I hope perhaps in the future we may even see an update which may enable precise “portray” in these spaces. I feel that might add to the attract of stated mode.

Graphics and Soundtrack

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That is one thing I really feel no PlayStation exclusive ever really lacks in. Concrete Genie, even at only $29.99, nonetheless packs all the things you’d anticipate from a Sony first-party recreation. Denksa is hauntingly lovely. The walls come to life as you let your paint sweep across them. The genies react so completely and remind me of one thing from “Where The Wild Issues Are”. The just about claymation design in the best way Ash and firm look and converse is charming and add to the feel of the game. I don’t need or want something real looking right here. This fantasy is a world of pure imagination.

The soundtrack is minimalistic however matches the sport wonderfully. I really like the piano and strings combined with a couple of electronic sounds. The flute provides all of it that whimsical adventure feel we love having, and the piano will all the time draw some emotion from me. The soundtrack is ideal for Concrete Genie.


Concrete Genie is one thing particular. It’s not the most important recreation, nevertheless it builds something greater than what it’s. It takes an actual challenge and reminds us of what issues. It fuses charming gameplay into an art type. In any case, it makes me need to play it again and makes me hope for a sequel. When you are restricted in your control of the portray, that’s not a dealbreaker. An excessive amount of control would take away from the guts of the game. It provides you the power to create, to love, and to save lots of. The last act’s gameplay twists threw me for a loop and exhibits the flexibility of Pixelopus. Then you could have two PSVR modes thrown in as a bonus? And all for thirty bucks?

I urge you, please give Concrete Genie a attempt. You gained’t regret one second of this enchanting adventure.

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