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[PlayStation 5] Airhead Review

[PlayStation 5] Airhead Review
EdEN
  • On March 4, 2024

Airhead from Octato, Massive Miniteam, and HandyGames is a 2.5D puzzle platformer with a dash of Metroidvanja on PS5. Learn more in our Airhead review!

 

Airhead from Octato, Massive Miniteam, and HandyGames is a 2.5D puzzle platformer with a dash of Metroidvania on PlayStation 5. You’re a headless entity that needs something to put above its shoulders. As you take on the role of the titular character, you must do whatever it takes to save the half of the living organism you now call Head since it’s slowly deflating and losing its life. You start as Body and transform into Airhead once you manage to save half of the aforementioned organism left behind by an evil mechanical contraption.

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As you begin, you’ll be given a chance to customize your experience with Airhead. You can select if you want to receive hints, have active waypoints, highlight what you can interact with, and if you want the game to show you the tutorials that can teach you all of the basics. You can decide what to activate and what to deactivate, so be sure to mix and match settings until you find what works best for you!

 

You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you jump around with the X button. You can dash with the R2 button… once you eventually unlock that ability. You can push objects by moving toward them. Press the Square button to grab and pull an object as needed. Once you collect Head, you’ll be able to use air cylinders to refill its air and save your progress. You will lose air as you move or when Head is left alone, so be sure to always look at the air meter at the bottom of the screen!

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Lose all air, and you’ll faint and be sent back to the last cylinder on which you filled up and saved your progress. Since this one is a puzzle platformer, that means you’ll sometimes make a mistake and fall into a pit you can’t get out of or take a wrong turn at the wrong time. You can press the L1 button to instantly be sent to the last cylinder you saved your progress at so that you can give it another go.

 

Not all air cylinders are the same, so you’ll have to pay attention to their shape and color to know what you’ll get. Inhale air from a round cylinder and Head will be filled up with helium, thus allowing you to float upwards. You’ll soon notice that you’re not placing Head over Body but actually carrying it around. This means you won’t be able to grab onto high ledges or grab other items as long as you’re carrying Head.

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As you explore, you will need to keep an eye on your map so that you can find the different upgrade stations that will add new functions to Head’s eyes. You can find one that will allow you to turn air into light by pressing the Triangle button, which can be used to make the cave-dwelling creatures aid you by, say, creating a bridge with their bodies. Later on, you’ll unlock the aforementioned dash, as well as the always-useful double jump ability.

 

Trophy-wise, Airhead has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list includes 17 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies for you to work on. Many of the game’s trophies are story-related and will pop as you obtain – and use – the new abilities you add for Head. Some of the trophies will require you to do some extra thinking since you’ll have to find a way to return to the starting area once you’re past the midway point of your journey, find a special rare item, open up all shortcuts in the game, and find the lowest point in the game. Some trophies are tied to the ending you get. Oh, and there’s also one for speedrunning the game in 2 hours or less.

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Airhead is a fun 2.5D puzzle platformer with a dash of Metroidvania in which Body must help Head be reunited with its other half before it loses all of its air and dies. As you find upgrade stations and unlock new abilities, you’ll get to take on some clever puzzles here and there as you try to find the evil machine that started this whole thing. Airhead is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Airhead review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by HandyGames.

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A solid 2.5D puzzle platformer with a dash of Metroidvanja
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