Oozing with charm, the looping tunes will burrow their way into your brain, leaving you humming 'SSD' or 'GPU' over and over. Sound emanates from both your TV speakers and the controller, lending a sense of immersion. It's all very lovely.
As the first game I've played on my new PS5, Astro's Playroom looks fantastic. Chunky and tactile, it almost feels like you could reach into the screen and touch it. As a pre-installed game, credit has to go to Asobi for crafting such a lush game.
Astro's Playroom is unabashedly brilliant. Not only is it an enormously pleasant surprise as a free pack-in game for PS5, but it's also an exuberant celebration of all things PlayStation, packed with innovative uses of the DualSense controller.
Much more than a DualSense tech demo, Astro's Playroom stands alone as a sensational platforming adventure. It might be a bit on the short side, but collecting every puzzle piece, PlayStation artefact, and besting all the Speed Run levels will keep you coming back.
A superb trophy list with nearly as much invention as the game itself. There's a good selection here, spanning challenging speed run targets, collecting everything, and carrying out some unique tasks within the CPU Plaza hub, and the PlayStation Labo area. Almost perfect.