Children of Morta

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Released: September 2019, updated in 2019. Added to this library 4 weeks ago.

Overview

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.

Whilst playing you get flashbacks to the Family's past, building narrative and background to what happened as you play on. There is the option for co-op play allowing a second player to join as one of the 7 family members. The game includes a variety of biomes with new enemies as you discover the dungeons.

The style of the game is a rogue-like, which means you are expected to die, and then start again with more experience and some of the enhancements you earned. Although unlike other dungeon rogue-like games Children of Morta is less punishing. This, along with its simpler combat and strong narrative, make it good to play together in families.

There's a real focus on the family line. Not only do you discover the history of the Bergson family but you use Uncle Ben and Grandma Margaret's ancient knowledge to upgrade the family’s gear and boost main attributes. You have to learn how to play about the different family members to progress.

Tip

This game is good if you want to play aging characters, cope with losing or work in a team to win.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You play together on the same screen, each with a controller.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

PEGI rated 12 because it features moderate violence and use of offensive language. Some blood is shown but damage is primarily dealt by numbers. When a life bar is depleted, the defeated foe falls to the ground, often disappearing in an inky puddle. The dialogue also contains an instance of the use of the word ‘*!@?*’.

ESRB TEEN with Blood, Mild Language and Violence.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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