[PlayStation 5] Voyage Review
Voyage from Ratalaika Games and Venturous is a charming cinematic adventure game on PlayStation. Learn more about it in our Voyage review!
Voyage from Ratalaika Games and Venturous is a charming cinematic adventure game on PlayStation. It’s a game that can be played on your own – as you control two characters – or with someone else thanks to its local co-op option. The game features some gorgeous hand-painted locations to explore as you take on this journey at your own pace, which makes for a very chill couple of hours or so. The game’s narrative is presented without words, so that anyone can enjoy it. Add a soothing soundtrack from Calum Bowen, the composer for games such as Pikuniku, Lovely Planet, and Snipperclips, and you have a chill experience to take on.
If playing this one on your own, then you’ll control each of the characters one at a time with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you walk around each area. The X button will be used for interacting with objects or the other character. To switch between characters, you can press the Circle button as needed. You’ll have to do this so that they can help each other, such as one of them pushing the other up onto a ledge, so that it can then lift up the other character. You can press the Square to make one of your characters signal to the other, so that it stops moving or it continues to walk, depending on the previous signal given to it.
What type of puzzles are you going to run into? Along with having to do a lot of pushing and pulling objects, either to open doors, activate mechanisms, or to be able to use said objects to reach higher spots, you’ll also find mythical energy crystals that will allow you to power up ancient structures. The first one, for example, will have you push three buttons in a specific order to make a series of stones pop out of the wall, thus forming a set of stairs that will allow to climb on top of the structure to carry on with your adventure.
Trophy-wise, Voyage has a full list split into 2 Silver trophies and 11 Gold trophies as you try to add one more Platinum trophy to your collection. And since this is a Cross-Buy title, your purchase will give you both the PS4 and the PS5 versions of the game, so you can get two Platinum trophies if you have a PS5 console. There’s a sorta missable trophy for not hugging your companion before your journey is over, but the good news is that if you end up forgetting to this (HINT: you can do it by standing near them and pressing and holding down the X button as soon as the game’s first proper chapter begins), it takes all of 5 minutes to start a new gam and end up being able to give it a go. The rest of the trophies are tied to completing all of the game’s chapters, as well as to finding the three murals in the game.
Voyage is a 2D short and chill cinematic adventure game with a solid hand-painted presentation that you can play at a slow but steady pace. Because of this, it’s not going to be a game for everyone since it can be likened to what is usually referred to a walking sim with some lite puzzle solving. The game is out as a Cross-Buy title, so your $14.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and since each one has its own trophy list, trophy hunters will be able to add two Platinum trophies to their collection in around 3 hours or so, since once you know how to complete the puzzles, your second run will be a breeze. If you want to speed things up, you can always check out this Voyage Trophy Guide.
This Voyage review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.