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Video GameAssassin's Creed Discovery Tour Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @gweronimo, @EamonGaudio and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games and as a standalone purchase.

In Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt you explore the world of Egypt, free of conflict or gameplay constraints. As you roam freely in the beautiful world of Ptolemaic Egypt you find information about its life, habits and customs by yourself, or let historians and Egyptologists guide you on one of the 75 available historical tours they have curated.

In Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece you explore the world of Ancient Greece through guided tours curated by historians and classical experts. Discover Ancient Greece’s history as the game’s world evolves into a virtual museum. It includes 30 tours, led by 5 different guide characters - each covering a different theme (Philosophy, Architecture, Daily Life, War, Mythology). You can free-roam the entire map, and by taking tours and visiting sites you unlock more avatars and mounts.

Discovery Tour: Viking Age is set in Britain and Norway, around 870 AD. It sheds light on the Viking era and allows players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. Designed in close collaboration with historians and archaeologists, this non-violent, interactive learning experience is an engaging deep dive into the Viking Age in ninth-century Norway and England. Certain "discovery sites" in-game will feature images of actual archaeological items from the collections of partnering museums in UK, France and Denmark.

The latest of these games (Viking Age) replaces the guided tours with peaceful role-playing and quests to pursue. You step into the shoes of Viking and Anglo-Saxon characters from the time, while living out their stories and adventures and interacting with the world around them.

What’s great about this educational element is that you can still run, climb, jump, ride and fly around the Assassin’s Creed world, only without any danger of violence.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete. How long you spend in the game depends how quickly you move through the world and how much time you take exploring.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is rated PEGI 7 for scenes which could be frightening to young children. This game contains scenes which could be frightening to young children, most pertinently a section of the game which focuses on the myth of the minotaur. In this section the player walks through a dark maze whilst the story is being told through narration. The player is then shown the minotaur who stands above the camera looking down at the player. Additionally, there is some disturbing imagery present in artwork found throughout the game. The game features some classical Greek artwork (statues, paintings) showing nudity. This is in a natural context and has no sexual connotations.

Discovery Tour: Viking Age is rated PEGI 7 because it features pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children and violence against humans that is not shown but is implied. One storyline allows the player to escape from a monastery that is being raided. Players can hear sounds of fighting and later see the monastery on fire, even though no violence is depicted. The escape from the monastery may be frightening to younger children, not only because of the implied violence but because people have to flee through dark catacombs, in which bats and rats appear. There are also reference to violence throughout the game. There is also some very mild bad language ('damn') and sight of statues with bare breasts.

Discovery Tour: Egypt is rated PEGI 12 for images likely to cause revulsion. Whilst on a tour, the player can deviate from the ‘guided’ path and explore the surrounding area, this gives the player an opportunity to zoom in and focus on, in the case of mummification, the process of removing the internal organs of a dead Pharaoh. The act of removal is shown in some details the organs with blood dripping from the Priest’s hands.

Rated for younger players in the US. Discovery Tour: Viking Age is rated ESRB EVERYONE for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language. As players move between landmarks/points of interest, they can read historical information, view cutscenes, and engage in dialogue with other characters. One mission prompts players to collect, among other ingredients, ale for use in a medical concoction/treatment. The word “damn” appears in the dialogue.

Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violent References. As players move between landmarks and locations, they listen to lectures, view cutscenes, and take various quizzes. Some segments reference historical and/or mythical violence (e.g., “…Xerxes was so consumed by rage...he cut off Leonidas' head and ordered it impaled on a stake.”). A minotaur is briefly depicted with blood on its hands and mouth. Other sections contain educational and/or historical references to sexuality (no depictions): Aphrodite described as the goddess associated with “love, beauty, and sex”; “According to Strabo, the temple's most distinguishing feature was its servants, who acted as sacred prostitutes”; "The parades were full of phallic songs, dances, and symbols meant to signify fertility…”). Wine is sometimes described in text/dialogue (e.g., “Wine was an essential part of Greek culture"; "I'd offer you a drink but for some reason the workers won't let me borrow any of their wine."); players can also engage in/observe several tours detailing the process of wine making.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The Discovery Tour is included for free in the main Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Origins as a free update. On the PC they can be purchased separately as a cheaper “Discovery Tour” only edition.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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