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Video GameThat Dragon, Cancer Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

That Dragon, Cancer is a game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique collage of poetry, phone calls, diagnosis rooms and home movies full of raw emotion.

In game form, lightness combines with weight and sadness to create a unique perspective on cancer and losing a child. The mature theme and simple click-to-move interface make it an ideal first game. If you get stuck you can simply move to the next scene, which is always unlocked.

You can play the game on your own or with your family if they are mature enough for the topic, by taking turns to play a particular level while the others offer suggestions on how to progress or which parts of the game to investigate next. The emotive material and intimate engagement with this family’s story make it important to take time to discuss the game. After playing, you can engage further in the story with a documentary, Thank You for Playing, about the family behind the game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 3 hours to complete. The game is divided into chapters that in total take about 2 hours to complete. Revisiting scenes and experiencing every aspect of the game, like the messages and art displayed in the hospital level from real-world cancer patients, will take considerably longer for those who wish to linger.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

In addition to the rating parents should note the weighty subject matter both for younger children as well as older players who this may be a sensitive subject for.

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger players have the skill to play this, because of the subject matter it's more likely to be enjoyable for older teenagers and adults.

CostsCosts

That Dragon, Cancer usually costs £6.99.
 

That Dragon, Cancer

Steam Store PC £6.99
App Store Mac £6.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our That Dragon, Cancer Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
You can skip past any level if you are stuck, as the game lets you play any level without the need for unlocking them.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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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