This game is rated PEGI 12
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Crude Humor and Horror.
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.
Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
After being in a car crash with your daughter you end up in a coma, and your mind starts to fracture with fear trying to take hold and overpower other emotions. You explore this fractured and unbalanced mind as Dusty, an initially reluctant hero who sets out on a quest to restore courage and overcome the fear of loss.
You investigate the surreal, abstract, and musical world, moving through trombone tree forests, teapot-house villages, and floating islands covered in cogs and gears. Play revolves around completing environmental puzzles like pushing blocks or using windmills to clear fog, which allows you to progress to the next area. Along the way, you also encounter monsters you defeat in fast-paced combat using close-combat attacks. The music adapts to your surroundings, incorporating nearby instruments and becoming tenser in fights.
The result is a unique mix of puzzles, fights, exploration, and storytelling that invites you into a world brimming with colourful characters, otherworldly environments, and imaginative melodies. The impactful story is similar to Pixar's Inside Out and highlights the importance of bravery and courage.
Release Date: 22/09/2017, updated in 2019
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm)
Accessibility: 22 features
Components: 2D Overhead
Developer: Bedtime DG (@BedtimeDG)
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Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Language, and Mild Blood.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The wacky and whimsical world and surface-level story, paired with simple puzzles and fights, appeal to younger children. At the same time, the deeper meaning and optional challenges entice teens and adults too.
You can play the first level for free on iOS and Android, but then you have to pay to play the rest of the game. On all other platforms, you buy the whole game from the beginning.
During fights, you press a button to swing your sword. While pressing the button faster does mean that you attack more quickly, you don't need to in order to win. You can also perform a higher-damage attack by holding down the button for a while, but again this isn't necessary. You do still need to quickly react to incoming attacks though.
While all text and subtitles are high contrast, being white with a black outline, they're not 1/20th the height of the screen, although subtitles are still fairly large.
On Switch, you can use the touchscreen or a joystick to navigate through the menu.
There is no head-up display, so navigating around the game area can sometimes be a challenge, but you are frequently pointed in the right direction. In addition, the game's art style can make it difficult to discern what is a path and what is decoration. The backgrounds often have moving elements that can distract from the action.
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