[PlayStation 5] Promenade Review

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Promenade from Red Art Games and Holy Cap is a colorful puzzle platforming adventure on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Promenade review!

Promenade from Red Art Games and Holy Cap is a colorful puzzle platforming adventure on PlayStation 5. It seems the great elevator has broken down, and its cogs have been scattered all over the world! You must give it your all as you explore each area to find them all as you make the most of the abilities of your poulp companion. Your new companion saves Nemo at the start of the game after your character almost drowns when he falls into the water. No, Nemo most certainly can’t swim, so you better be careful when near bodies of water!

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Once you’re ready to start, you’ll control your main character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you jump with the X button. You’ll be able to launch your poulp companion by pressing the Square button. This will be very useful since you’ll use it to grab enemies or objects so that you can then use them to damage other enemies. You can also launch enemies or objects downward for what is effectively a second jump. Once you get your journal, you can press the Triangle button to review how many cog fragments you’ve collected in each area, as well as to get a clue or two about where you should be searching for them.

You’ll soon gain access to the Omnihook. What this does is allow your companion to grab onto the many, many hooks you’ll find during your time with Promenade. Once your poulp companion has grabbed onto a hook, Nemo will be able to use that hook as a platform. You can also use the momentum from the poulp grabbing onto a hook so that you can then jump over greater distances during some of the trickier platforming segments – including the trials.

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Another useful tool is the Omnibag. The Omnibag is a late-game item that will allow you to store an item or enemy inside by pressing the Circle button. You can then bring it out by pressing the Circle button again so that you can use it during platforming segments where a single boost from throwing an item downward won’t allow you to clear a long gap. You could also use the Omnibag to bring an item from one level to another. Need to water a plant in a dry location? Grab a large drop of water in one level, put it in the Omnibag, and then you can make that flower blossom.

Every now and then, you’ll run into a large type of door that will lead you into one of the many trial sections in Promenade. During these, you’ll have to apply what you’ve learned so far or learn a new skill so that you can complete that particular trial and be rewarded with a cog fragment. Once you’re familiar with it, you can reenter the door so that you can now take on a time trial during which you’ll have to complete that same section as you aim to reach the end within a set time limit so that you can obtain a second cog fragment.

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And now, let’s talk about the trophies! Promenade features a full trophy list with a Platinum at the end of your journey. And since this is a Cross-Buy title, if you have a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Each of these versions will have its own separate trophy list for you to work on, with 28 Bronze trophies, 12 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies.

What will you need to do for that Platinum trophy? You will have to use the hammock to recover your lost health, spend a total of five minutes resting on the hammocks you’ll find along the way, find a chicken, and bounce on it over and over again – which, by the way, is just mean – assemble your first cog, complete a couple of specific trials, find the many secrets within the game, and speedrun this adventure so that you can complete it within two and a half hours, to name some examples.

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Promenade is a colorful puzzle platforming adventure. As Nemo, who is joined by his poulp companion, you’ll have to locate all of the cog fragments needed to fix the great elevator before it’s too late. You’ll need to locate a set number of fragments along the way so that you can fix the great elevator one floor at a time since you’ll need to use it to reach the next floor, where you’ll find a new level to explore where you can find more cog fragments. It’s a fun and chill journey that is worth checking out on PlayStation 5. Promenade will be available on February 23 as a Cross-Buy title, so your $24.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

This Promenade review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Red Art Games.

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