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Video GameSvoboda 1945: Liberation Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Svoboda 1945: Liberation is a narrative game that uses footage of real actors to tell an interweaving story about the aftermath of the Second World War. As you talk to the villagers, explore locations untouched for years and complete puzzles, you unravel the mystery of your family's past and uncover the historically accurate (and often moving) stories of the residents who lived through the war.

You are sent to the town of Svoboda, on the Czech-German border, to settle a longstanding feud, but when you arrive, find a picture of your own grandfather stored in an old attic. It's from here you set out across the town to uncover your family's part in its history and hear the stories of its inhabitants.

You explore various locations across Svoboda and talk to the people you find there. Each interaction is created with video footage, and you choose replies and questions in response to what they say. Depending on your choice of words, the outcome of the conversations can vary greatly. The stories and opinions you hear are based on real events and provide a (sometimes) harrowing reminder of the atrocities that took place during the war on both sides.

Alongside these conversations, you can explore locations for clues in the form of items and photos, which you can then develop using authentic techniques. You can also plant crops and harvest them on the game's map and play cards with military commanders and bureaucrats.

The result is a game that shows how life in many areas has struggled to move on after the horrors of WWII. It provides a thoughtful exploration of grief and trauma through interactive conversations with townsfolk.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Role-Play

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Charles Games cz (@CharlesGames_cz)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 2 and a half hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood, Use of Tobacco.
Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

14+ 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. A level of maturity s required to process the heavy themes and topics explored.

CostsCosts

Svoboda 1945: Liberation usually costs £11.99 to £16.50.
 

Svoboda 1945: Liberation

Steam Store PC £11.99
Switch Store Switch £16.50
Steam Store Mac £11.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Svoboda 1945: Liberation Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:
There is never any need to do things quickly or have fast reactions, as the game mostly revolves around conversations where you have as long as you need to choose a reply/dialogue option.

While some of the text is fairly small and of low contrast to the background, the subtitles are large and clear. While there is voice acting, it is in Czech.

The conversations you have are shot with a real camera so there is motion blur and depth of field, but these are mostly shot from a locked-off perspective and facing a mostly static subject. The other parts of the game have no motion blur and are also mostly static.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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