Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a cool and exciting new game for 2018 (for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch). It is a toys-to-life style game, similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions. By toys-to-life, it means the toys are in front you and are projected onto the screen and move as you play.
In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, you’re part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to free the Atlas star system from Grax and the Forgotten Legion, an evil robot force.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a whole new gameplay experience: to play, build your own modular Starship model, mounted on your controller, to take part into epic space combats. Equip your model with different parts, and your Starship changes in game in real time.
Assemble your fleet, mix and match your pilots, Starships and weapons to create your own play style and defeat the enemy.
The game allows you to fly through space, explore new planets and shoot aliens. Within the game, you have the challenge of leading a heroic team of interstellar pilots to free the Atlas Star System from the Forgotten Legion.
Starlink is aimed at children aged 8 and over, so a generally slightly older demographic than those who played the Skylanders style games. This may be to capture the attention of children who may have grown up playing this style game but are now too old for Lego Dimensions or Disney Infinity. This more grown up sci-fi game with a significant storyline would be well suited to this audience.
When you open the starter pack, you are welcomed with a nearly presented set of figures which consists of: Pilot, Mason Rana, his ship, Zenith and three detachable weapons. In addition to these you get a mount for the PS4 controller, the PS4 Starlink: Battle game and a poster, which shows you the characters, ships and weapons extras that you can purchase for the game.
The figure and ship are very impressive, they feel really durable and attach easily to the controller mount. The pilot goes on first and the ship slots on over the top, so the pilot sits perfectly in the cockpit of the ship. The weapons are designed to snap on and off easily during battle. The weapons consist of: flame thrower, frost launch weapon and shredder weapon.
I gave this game to my children 8 and 5 to test, they are both avid gamers and excellent at picking up the hang of new games. Even though the game is aimed at 8 and up, my 5-year-old was able to navigate the system and really enjoyed having the toys in addition to playing the game.
This game was a real hit in our house. We would definitely recommend it and would rate it 5/5. It would make a great Christmas present to any young gamer.
Available to buy from Amazon here.