News PlayLink Games Will Work on PS5 After All
Update: Worry not, social gamers, as Sony XDev Europe has confirmed on Twitter that PlayLink games will function fine on the PlayStation 5, despite the platform holder's comments on "companion apps" below. All's well that ends well, then: Original Story: Sony’s social gaming PlayLink push from earlier in the generation may have...
Review Erica - FMV Masterclass Worthy of Your Attention
Mambo number five
Republished on Monday 29th June 2020: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of July's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. If you need any further proof that video games don’t have to be about the constant act of pressing buttons, then look no further than Erica. The...
News PlayLink Puzzler Melbits World Marches onto PS4 in North America on 5th February
Cute, colourful, co-op
PS4 owners in Europe have had the chance to enjoy the cutesy co-op PlayLink title, Melbits World, since the middle of November, but the little critters are finally making their way to North America. From 5th February 2019, those in the US can give this Lemmings-esque puzzle game a try. Using your smartphone, you'll manipulate...
Review Just Deal With It! - A Party Game without the Excitement
A theme in our reviews of the recent wave of PlayLink games has been whether a game is necessary. When PlayLink was revealed last year, it felt like something new: That’s You couldn’t have been made without smartphones, while other titles like Hidden Agenda at least attempted something interesting. Fast-forward to this year, though,...
Review Melbits World - A Fun Little Puzzler for All
Melbits and Melbobs
The first thing you’ll notice about Melbits World, a new family game for the phone-based PlayLink series, is that it’s pretty. Very pretty. The sickly sweet, blocky Melbits themselves are cute, but the worlds that surround them are also eye-catching in a minimalist way. It’s certainly hard to think of a PlayLink game as...
Review Chimparty - Mario Party for Chumps
Developed by NapNok Games, Chimparty is one of PlayLink’s first forays into the family game market, something it pulls off with mixed success. On first impressions, its art style is very endearing, with colourful characters and nicely-themed levels being easy on the eye. The fact that you can unlock items throughout the game for...
Review Knowledge Is Power: Decades - An Unnecessary But Functional Trivia Title
We’re not sure if anyone needed it, but a new Knowledge Is Power game is here. Knowledge Is Power: Decades does exactly what it says on the tin, taking you through questions themed on the 80s through to the 2010s. That’s pretty much all there is to it, with Wish Studios not adding much to a game that was a solid addition to the...
News Just Deal With It Becomes Third PlayLink Game to Hit PS4 in November
Last week, Sony revealed that two of its previously announced PlayLink titles would be launching on PS4 on 14th November 2018. Both Chimparty and Knowledge Is Power: Decades are to hit the console on the same day, giving you plenty of party game experiences to toy with. However, they're not the only PlayLink games launching on the 14th --...
News Upcoming PlayLink Game Chimparty Goes Wild on PS4 in November
Earlier in the week, Sony locked down a release date for Knowledge Is Power: Decades, the sequel to the quiz show party game on its PlayLink platform. Now, we have a confirmed date for fellow PlayLink game, Chimparty, and it's out on the same day. You'll be able to play both titles on 14th November. In case you're unaware, Chimparty is a...
News Knowledge Is Power: Decades Turns Your Living Room into a Game Show in November
You may remember Knowledge Is Power: Decades was announced around E3, the sequel to the likeable PlayLink party game, Knowledge Is Power. Well, Sony has just revealed when we can expect it to arrive. Decades will be launching on 14th November 2018, nicely placed ahead of the holiday season. Unlike the first game's general knowledge...
Review Knowledge Is Power (PS4)
Fresh from releasing the inaugural PlayLink title That’s You in July, Wish Studios has come back with a second game for Sony’s smartphone-based lineup: Knowledge Is Power – a one to six player quiz game. While it’s more orthodox compared to the delightful oddball that was That’s You, the Brighton studio’s...
E3 2018 Sony Details New Wave of PlayLink Titles Coming to PS4 in 2018
Chimparty and Knowledge is Power: Decades confirmed
The trademarks for Chimparty and Knowledge is Power: Decades were discovered a few days ago, and Sony has just confirmed them both, along with a handful of other brand new PlayLink games. You can see a brief glimpse of them all in the above trailer, but you can also read a little more about each...
Review Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4)
Earth all along
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes – the two most recent movies in the franchise. With the power of PlayLink, up to four players can decide the fate of humans and apes alike, as we take control of Jess, the head of a human settlement,...
First Impressions Erica Proves That Playlink Can Offer More Than Party Games
Live action point-and-click impresses
The best feeling when you’re a games reporter is heading into a demo feeling like you know exactly what you’re about to see – only for your expectations to be completely shattered. Erica is one such game. Announced as part of Sony’s barnstorming Paris Games Week 2017 press conference this week, it looked...
Crime scene investigation
So far, Sony’s new PlayLink initiative hasn’t amounted to anything more than a decent selection of casual party games. Both Knowledge Is Power and That’s You follow the Jackbox Party Pack formula of wrapping up trivia questions within a fun and humorous setting, while SingStar: Celebration allows editor Sammy Barker...
Review SingStar: Celebration (PS4)
Another year, another karaoke game. After a disappointing debut PlayStation 4 instalment, Sony’s London Studio is back with SingStar: Celebration, another title in the publisher’s new lineup of PlayLink games. Available to play with microphones, a PlayStation Camera (remember those?), or the Singstar Mic mobile app, this year's edition...
PGW 2017 Erica Brings Live Action Drama to Sony's PlayLink Line
A little bit of Erica by my side
Full-motion video games are back? They’re definitely more common in 2017 than they’ve ever been – especially with London Studio working alongside Flavourworks to bring a creepy new interactive drama named Erica to PlayStation 4, as part of its PlayLink initiative. Looks like you’ll be using your smartphone...
Hands On Who Has a Hidden Agenda in Until Dawn Dev's Crime Thriller?
Republished on Wednesday 25th October 2017: We're bringing this preview back from the archives following the release of Hidden Agenda in North America. The original text follows. The next game from developer Supermassive Games is a lot like Until Dawn at first blush: it has unnervingly lifelike virtual characters, branching plot...
News Hidden Agenda Reveals How Its Unique Story Unfolds
Hidden Agenda is a narrative-based game with branching paths similar to Until Dawn, but it has a twist: local multiplayer. As part of Sony’s PlayLink line, the game sees you using smartphones to control the story with up to six players, with tactical voting and disagreements all playing a part in which direction the plot goes. In...
News PlayLink Games, Including Hidden Agenda, Delayed in Europe
Until Dawn dev's latest pushed back
Supermassive Games’ party-based crime drama Hidden Agenda has been pushed back until 22nd November in Europe, as has trivia title Knowledge Is Power and karaoke sim SingStar Celebration. The delay appears to be down to localisation issues, but it’s come extremely close to release – all three titles were due...
News SingStar Celebration Has Britney Spears and One Direction
SingStar Celebration knows its audience. The uber-casual party-focused instalment of Sony’s waning karaoke series has been shoehorned into the platform holder’s PlayLink line, and is set to release on 24th October in North America and 25th October in Europe with songs by Britney Spears, One Direction, and Blondie. The full lineup of tracks...
Hands On Knowledge Is Power (Unless You're Thick as a Brick Obvs)
Knowledge is everything in this game
The obligatory trivia game in Sony’s burgeoning PlayLink line is exactly what you’d expect it to be: a jovial round of multiple choice with silly photo opportunities and a host that likes the sound of his own voice. With an eccentric, borderline claymation artstyle, it certainly looks the part – although...
News Until Dawn Dev's Detective Game Hidden Agenda Launching 24th October
Plus, other PlayLink titles dated
Sony’s new smartphone gaming initiative PlayLink for the PlayStation 4 has gotten off to a great start with party title That’s You, and the platform holder’s hoping to add to the fledgling line’s catalogue later this year with Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games’ crime thriller Hidden Agenda and much...