Review: Roundabout (PS4)

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Drive a constantly spinning limousine around town! Roundabout is a ’70s B-Movie game where you pick up passengers, find secret collectibles, take on dangerous missions, and fall in love in a far out open world puzzle adventure.

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Pros:

  • Nice enough graphics, Very PS2 era.
  • Drive an ever rotating limo around levels with danger at every turn.
  • Three save slots.
  • Campaign progress bar.
  • Huge extras section where you can change everything about the game. A few examples being: No violence mode, Big head mode, Permadeath and awesomeness edition. All options are unlocked and usable from the off.
  • On-line leader-boards with friends filter.
  • Uses actual video with actors and actresses for cut scenes and mission briefings.
  • Customise your limo by buying hats for your car, colour and horn types.
  • Earn money by running people over, completing missions and collecting cash bundles.
  • Three sets of collectibles to find. Sick jump markers, cash bundles and horns.
  • You can buy property and then make money from it by collecting cash from them.
  • Mini map shows locations of missions, mini games and garages.
  • Garages is where you go to repair your limo on the fly, change special ability or the purple garages allow you to purchase and equip new custom items.
  • Unlock mini games to play in the game world or available from its own option on the main screen. These games vary from playing soccer to keep ups with a ball to running people over to baseball.
  • Abilities unlock as you play and you can only have one active at a time. Examples are slow mo to help get through tight gaps and a boat which allows you to drive on water.
  • Gameplay is a mixture of genres from racing to puzzle solving to platforming.
  • Really playable arcade game with a ton of playability.
  • Missions are really short and are varied, All missions follow the general rule of getting to checkpoints or collecting x amount of something.
  • Three game areas to unlock with a few hidden ones. Go from the mean streets to farm to forest to the beach or snow capped towns of the north.
  • 70’s style UI with some cool graphics.
  • Over 1000 missions to play through.
  • Fast loading times.
  • PlayStation trophies.

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Cons:

  • Hit detection issues in places.
  • Respawn at random places including huge distances.
  • Respawn straight into death, More common with platforming levels as you spawn in a building.
  • Some acting is cringe worthy.
  • Ppeople may take issue with the drug use and needless killing sections.
  • You have to manually bring up your mission results every time.
  • Platform jumping is frustrating.

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In Summary, This game surprised me in a lot of ways. It took me a while to get to grips with the whole spinning limo thing but it clicked. Once I got there I found it to be a really rewarding and fun game. The missions are plentiful and varied and being so short you don’t care what you have to do. I would say it is a tad on the easy side and offers no real replay ability outside of leader-board chasing. Yes it looks like a PS2 game but it has the game play there to warrant a purchase. Its a fun way to game away your time and just try it as it will surprise you just how much fun it is!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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