One of the most pleasant surprises we’ve had with our first few days with the PlayStation 5 is the pre-loaded Astro’s Playroom – an entertaining, innovative 3D platformer that could well be one of the standout titles at launch early next month. It’s already wowed Digital Foundry, who used it to put the new DualSense controller through its paces, and the plethora of classic PlayStation references has really impressed me.
The deepest cut, though, is one that you might miss, so I hope you don’t mind me pointing it out. In the first area you’ll explore, there’s an area full of bobbing yellow plastic ducks – a neat reference to the ducks demo that accompanied our first looks at the PS3 back at E3 2005 and 2006, and would later go on to become Super Rub a Dub. It’s indicative of the kind of detail you can find in what’s an exquisite little game.
There are more explicit references too, and as you explore the levels you’ll occasionally see little astrobots holding cameras as the other bots re-enact famous scenes from PlayStation’s past, from Fat Princess through to… Well, you should discover most of them for yourself. I’ve included a small batch below for the truly curious, but if you want to go in fresh best not scroll past the spoiler warning.
SPOILER WARNING – DO NOT SCROLL BELOW HERE IF YOU WANT TO AVOID EASTER EGGS IN ASTRO’S PLAYROOM’S FIRST LEVEL
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