Reviewed by Jan Mellor
For my son’s 13th birthday he received a PlayStation 4 and so was desperate to have a go at the PS4 game ‘Expand’. As soon as the game began my son was in awe; I loved the fact that unlike other games my son plays this did not involve killing villains or vampires, but about an intense need to ‘do better’ and not get caught. It’s a game that involves patience, skill, tenacity and curiosity.
It starts with the player to be the moving ‘Square’ and to beat the changing circle path that offers challenging obstacle and hurdles whilst the square tries to survive through the revolving maze. My son was mesmerised within minutes. With exclamations of this is ‘awesome’ he was enamoured with the game within seconds. Each stage of the game offers a unique method to ‘beat’ the moving shape and as soon as you think you’ve got it ‘sussed’ it changes direction and my son this week would often say ‘I just need to beat it – just one more go’. It is a great game of intuition and perception with guess work that can challenge anyone who feels they are in their ‘comfort zone’. I asked my son ‘what do you like about this game then? He replied… ‘If you like a challenge in your life, then this is the game for you! There is chance to go back and redo if the stages become too difficult at some levels, this is really good whilst getting used to the whole format of the game. This is a great game to improve strategic methods and improve accuracy! It’s not for people who give up easily, I love it!” The only negative point my son made was that the graphics of the game are restricted at times – but he would still buy it!
This game is quiet ‘old school’ in that it tests your skill and initiative and not just about racing to get to the next level or how many ‘baddies’ you can kill. The game comes with an amazing soundtrack that you can listen to through your headphones and consequently it becomes more ‘addictive’. Whilst my son played the game, this was the only game I can tolerate in the home due to the lovely soundtrack, so it’s bound to be a winner in any house!
A unique and challenging game!
200MB minimum save size
DUALSHOCK®4 Vibration Function
HD Video Output 720p,1080i,1080p
For more information or to buy visit the PlayStation Store here.