Parents' Guide to

Hindsight

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Visually rich story requires some time -- but is worthwhile.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac Paid Books
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Is It Any Good?

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While the pace of this interactive story at times isn't always ideal, it presents emotional challenges in a highly stylized, engaging way. Kids view flashback scenes from the main character's life in Hindsight -- including her birth and childhood -- when she returns to her familial home to sort through her recently deceased mother's belongings. The plot involves several relatable themes, including grief and feeling guilty, which the character discusses as she recalls memories of her relationship with her mother, who she says expected perfection and could be critical. She also expresses remorse over her reluctance to embrace aspects of her mother's culture.

The object kids need to click on to advance the story isn't clear in every scene, which can lead to confusion. Some require you to swivel around an item multiple times before you can proceed. Without any instructions or assistance, kids may end up spending a significant amount of time roaming around, trying to figure out what they need to do. They can't control the pacing in scenes -- there's no way to skip over things or speed them up -- and the story doesn't pick up where you left off if you close the app before finishing a chapter. You'll have to start that section over from the beginning and repeat a fair amount of tasks, which can be a little frustrating. Visually, though, the story is stunning. The app's unique approach to navigation involves objects serving as pathways to the next scene. The technique is more effective in some parts of the story than others, but the story is chock-full of other creative visuals, like water pouring into a home as the main character describes feeling like she's drowning in emotion. Fairly intense topics are woven throughout the plot, ranging from mourning to regret, but most of the subject matter is handled constructively -- and, aside from a few open-ended comments the main character makes about her mortality, some sense of resolution is generally offered. As a result, viewing Hindsight can be a positive, informative activity for kids who are old enough to comprehend or have experience with some of the concepts it contains.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac
  • Pricing structure: Paid (The app costs $4.99.)
  • Release date: August 5, 2022
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 13.0 or later or macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip.
  • Last updated: August 30, 2022

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