Review: Storm Boy (PlayStation 4)

Based on Colin Thiele’s 1964 children’s book of the same name, Storm Boy takes place on the beaches of South Australia near the mouth of the Murray River, where the titular protagonist rescues orphaned pelican chicks, one of whom later becomes the child’s pet and faithful companion, Mr. Percival.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 872MB Download size.
  • 12 trophies.
  • The story is four parts and tells the story of a Boy and his Pelican.
  • Gameplay is a series of mini-games from feeding Pelican to swimming to collecting Cockles.
  • The story is impactful and thought-provoking.
  • Lovely location.
  • Simple to grasp.
  • Can replay any of the 9 mini-games.
  • Backstory section.
  • The story is told through text on the screen.

Cons:

  • Short story, Can be done in mere minutes.
  • No replayability.
  • No voice work.
  • Doesn’t have a Platinum trophy.
  • Not all mini games are great.
  • Music is not the best.
  • The start of the game is not explained at all.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 3/10
    Length - 3/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6/10

Summary

Storm boy is a game in the loosest sense. I mean its a story and its over in under 20 minutes. The game part is just 9 mini-games that again are not very stimulating, Show no real purpose to the story and are devilishly simple. The story whilst short did pack a small punch but overall its a game you would play just to get trophies, Sad state of affairs but the story is just so short it cannot carry the weight of a purchase.

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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