Review: Knowledge is Power: Decades (PS4 PlayLink)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro, iOS/Android Device
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayLink Mobile or Tablet Required
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Knowledge is Power: Decades
Format: PSN (1.7 GB)
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Wish Studios
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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This game will have to be special if it wants to beat my favorite in the genre, It’s Quiz Time.

Gameplay:
The main goal of Knowledge is Power: Decades is to reach the top of the Pyramid of Knowledge by answering questions from the last four decades. There are thousands of questions and some new and classic Power Plays. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the previous game, they are either little bonuses for yourself or something that hinders another player.

By using the free PlayLink app (on either Android or iOS) up to six people can play using their device as the controller. The app works really well and I never had trouble picking the answers and battling through the tricky Power Plays that my family lovingly sent.

A nice thing about the app is that it works away from the PS4 game as a standalone rapid-fire quiz game where you can share the results with your friends and family. I’ve played a few games and kept the results to myself, mainly because I don’t have Facebook and dislike sharing stuff like this anyway. It’s a fun few minutes and worth checking out. Anyway, back to the game itself.

All of the players can pick from eight new characters, which is far from enough choice as my kids weren’t really fans of any and it would have been nice to see more variety. I went for the character dressed like an arcade cabinet as all the rest were lame.

The nice thing about it is you can get things wrong and try again, with an obvious detriment to the score, but at least my kids weren’t too disheartened when they had no clue about anything before a few years ago, because they’re kids.

So, this title is really aimed at an older audience with knowledge of the last thirty or forty years rattling around in their noggins. Although, I had no clue about a few reality television shows or some sports questions and ended up with a below average score in several games. It didn’t matter all that much as the Pyramid seemed to hate my wife and I leaped ahead, sometimes unfairly, to win almost every game.

Visuals:
Decades is a nice looking game. I wouldn’t say it’s everyone’s cup of tea, but the animation is good and the design looks just like an old glitzy game show with an Aardman-esque style. The app is where you’ll be looking for most of the game and that too is good and responsive.

Audio:
Decades hasn’t got a narrator or host reading out the questions, like in the awesome It’s Quiz Time, but there is a little bit of speech. The sound effects and music are good too.

Online/Multiplayer:
This is a local multiplayer only game. I never managed to get five other people to play with me, only three. We all managed to link up easily and play without any hassle. We had fun playing it, but it doesn’t seem all that fair, especially on the last leg as we climb the Pyramid. It doesn’t accommodate the younger players and is mainly aimed at the grown-ups.

Conclusion:
Knowledge is Power: Decades is okay. Nothing special, but is good for a few games when some family and friends pop by. Sadly, with a lack of online support, there isn’t much else to do in the game when nobody is around.

Contrary to its looks, this game is aimed at an older audience. This disappointed my kids who were oblivious to most of the trivia. There isn’t really anything else to mention. This is worth checking out if you are a fan of the trivia genre, otherwise, I wouldn’t bother.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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