Concrete Genie – It’s Not Vandalism it’s Art! (Review)

Concrete Genie is an action-adventure game released for the PlayStation 4 in October 2019.

In Concrete Genie the player controls a young artist named Ash and makes excellent use of PS4 Dualshock’s motion controls to control his paintbrush and create landscapes in the town of Denska to remove the “darkness” and restore it to it’s previous beauty. These graffiti landscapes turn into living portraits that you and your genie can interact with. As well as free roam over what you paint, you can also paint creatures known in the game as genies and how you paint them affects their abilities, for example, a red genie will make use of fire, blue will use wind and yellow will use electricity. As well as free roam, there is a set of core puzzles in the game that you need to solve using your graffiti with assistance from your genies to progress through the game.

Over the course of the game you gain access to more areas of Denska. Throughout your progress you will need to avoid bullies who will move through the town destroying graffiti and if they catch Ash they will bully him – by throwing stones and pushing him around, so you need to avoid them the best you can.

Concrete Genie was a game that had been on my radar since it came out. I’d heard good things about it but for some reason I never picked it up. So, when it popped up as one of Februarys PSPlus games I was right in there.

Most of the game play is pretty easy, the most challenging part was avoiding the bullies and making sure they were far enough away for you to get around them.

The motion controls for painting work really well, but it does take a bit of time to get used to how it works. Once you do though, nothing can stop your graffiting.

There’s no combat to speak of for most of the game. It’s only at the end when things truly kick off and you need to use your new brush to fight enemies, I won’t go too much into it as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

It’s a relaxing game and isn’t too difficult but the story and gameplay is enough to keep you playing. But, if you need an extra incentive, there are quite a few trophies and a lot of them pop as you play with some extras for doing some other little things. But as far as the platinum trophy goes, this is on the very easy side, so there’s that.

Concrete Genie is a great little game, and it makes for a relaxing evening of bright colours and soothing music. There could be a bit more to it though, it does feel a tad short, but I’m not going to hold that against it. I’d give it a high ⭐⭐⭐⭐ , and I would say if you like the look of it you should definitely give it a go.

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