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Iris and the Giant Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GrowingUpGamers, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Iris and the Giant is a narrative strategy card game about a young girl named Iris who braves an imaginary world to tackle her inner demons and face her fears. It's a game about depression and anxiety and shows Iris coping with her life with escapism, but also offers an insightful perspective into how a quest of discovery can bring out inner strengths and build resilience as she turns her most difficult memories into her strongest powers.

Play consists of trying to defeat rows of enemies to reach the staircase tile by playing cards to slay the demons blocking your exit. Your cards can attack the demons in different ways. An axe can hit every demon in the front row or an arrow can hit one demon in sight. There are other things to explore and interact with, like hidden treasures and secret passages, so you have to balance risks and rewards of exploration versus escaping as soon as you can.

Unlike most strategy battle games, when you use a card from your deck it is gone forever, and if you run out of cards, you lose! This makes every choice matter, building your deck is a series of simple decisions that leads to a lot of strategic depth and flexibility. As you gain a wider range of cards and powers you have to balance these new options versus running out of cards you were relying on.

Customizing your decks is really approachable, as you are slowly pushed to try new strategies. Even with the most careful planning, you are unlikely to make it through the depths of Iris’ mind maze on your first try, but that is part of the fun! When you fail an attempt, you are given some “gifts”, which could be abilities or special cards to start in your deck next time. Additionally the the memories you have found in your journey and the imaginary friends you have met along the way can be equipped to gain their mysterious powers as well, allowing for a different experience every time.

This theme of discovery is central to the game. As Iris undertakes her journey of self-discovery and delves deeper into the depths of her mind and imagination, you explore new cards and powers, uncover secret passages, take on increasing challenges, find special treasure chests and hidden caches, and begin to learn more about the mysterious giant who seems to be always watching.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 36 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Louis Rigaud (@LouisRigaud_)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The mental health theme and more complex balancing of resources makes this ideal for pre-teens and teenagers.

CostsCosts

Iris and the Giant usually costs £13.49.
 

Iris and the Giant

Switch Store Switch £13.49
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Iris and the Giant Accessibility Report documents 36 accessibility features:
The subtitle text in the memory scenes is fairly small, but the rest of the text in the game is a fair bit larger. There is no option to adjust text size.

There is not a lot of reading in the game, the cards are pretty straightforward and do not have text on them, but there are a lot of powers and abilities you can gain throughout the game that modify the way your cards work or make new cards appear that are more complicated.

All information about every card and enemy and power is available at all times by hovering your cursor over it, reducing the cognitive load and allowing you to focus on the strategy. This includes looking at what is in your deck, and when you hover over a card it also tells you how many cards of that type there are left in your deck.

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