Parents' Guide to

My Child Lebensborn

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving, immersive role-play about post-WWII discrimination.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

age 13+

Educational, but emotionally intense and potentially triggering.

CW: CSA, bullying. This is a very heavy, emotionally disturbing game. Absolutely too mature for young children, but could be suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental involvement. It is very well-researched, both in terms of the historical aspect and the effects of trauma on young children. It is also very effective at getting the player to emotionally invest in their fictional child. This is honestly a brilliant and deeply impactful way to teach about the experiences of Lebensborn children after WWII. As a parent, I shed many tears while playing this game, and at one point even cried out loud in devastation. Parents and teens should be aware that it contains child sex abuse and the aftermath thereof, as well as severe bullying and other trauma. It could potentially be very triggering for anyone impacted by similar trauma.

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This powerful story introduces complex themes in an accessible game format. By stepping into the shoes of an adult trying to care for little Klaus/Karin and kids get a real sense of the struggles and difficulties people in similar situations faced. It's heartbreaking to see the delightfully eager Klaus/Karin turn sullen after being bullied at school by schoolmates and teachers. Klaus/Karin has no idea why the others are picking on them, and kids decide how much and how kindly to let Klaus/Karin know about her biological past. As a game, My Child Lebensborn is a bit simplistic. The dialogue choices aren't always great, and it's not always clear how your choices influence how the story goes. Despite that, play feels relatively smooth and well-integrated with the narrative. This story of people being punished by society for things beyond their control is timeless, and My Child Lebensborn could be a nice starting point for in-depth discussion in your family.

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