The Hunger Games Adventures

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Price: Free with Microtransactions

Common Sense Media says

Movie/book spin-off emphasizes survival and building.
  • Platform: Facebook
  • Price: Free with Microtransactions

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game echoes some of the same provocative themes as the books and film (such as inequality and poverty) but to a lesser extent. The emphasis is on survival, helping others, and outwitting representatives of the oppressive government.

Positive role models

Players receive guidance from several positive role models, including courageous Katniss, brave Gale, and kind Peeta. Many of the quests involve helping the less fortunate, such as finding food and water for a starving girl, or repairing a collapsed house.

Ease of play

Gameplay is simple enough to learn for people used to playing Facebook games, but it's sometimes unclear how to acquire certain items needed for quests.

Violence

By avoiding the Hunger Games setting, the game lacks the same level of graphic violence as its source material. There are references to violence -- Gale talks about how his father was killed in an explosion. Players defeat monsters by shooting them with arrows to "banish" them -- there's no blood; the defeated enemies simply flinch and disappear.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Facebook Credits (which cost real money) can be used to speed up the game by instantly unlocking quests or refilling your energy bar. Players can unlock and play songs from the movie, and follow a link to buy the songs on iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the characters, Haymitch, is described as a drunk. However, the very first quest players do for him is to refill his flask -- with coffee.

Privacy & safety

Mild privacy concerns. Users can add Facebook friends as neighbors and post status updates to their news feed. At the time of writing the review, the social features had not been fully implemented.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hunger Games Adventures is a social game played on Facebook. It's based on The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games film, but does not depict the Games themselves (where 24 teens fight to the death in a brutal version of reality TV). Instead, gameplay focuses on life in District 12 where players learn survival skills like harvesting, hunting, and crafting. The game is free to play, but players can use Facebook Credits (purchased with real money) to advance faster. The game is still in beta, so it remains to be seen whether the story will eventually take players into the Arena to participate in the Hunger Games themselves. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • power structures

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fans of "The Hunger Games" will be eager to spend time in a nicely rendered virtual District 12 where players learn survival skills like harvesting, hunting, and crafting.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn how political structures can create divides between rich and poor as they explore poverty-stricken District 12 and interact with down-trodden residents. Kids can also develop empathy.

Support

Social interaction is limited to Friends sending each other items requests.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • power structures

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn about how political power structures can create divides between the rich and the poor as they explore poverty-stricken District 12 and interact with its down-trodden residents. Quests can help kids develop empathy; for example, kids will find food for a starving girl, and treat workers injured in a mining accident. These are the same themes explored in the film and books, but they've been watered down. The surface treatment of the social issues that made the game's source material so compelling dampens its impact.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

In THE HUNGER GAMES ADVENTURES, players explore the impoverished District 12, interacting with familiar characters like Katniss, Haymitch, Peeta, and Gale. They'll harvest resources, clear debris, and build structures (like an archery range, tent, and workbench) to outfit a forest hideout. Like CastleVille, players unlock new areas of the map by spending resources and completing quests. Quests include basics like learning how to trap food and trade for supplies, as well as meatier objectives like fixing a collapsed house, finding missing children, and helping to feed a starving girl.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Hunger Games Adventures shows promise, but it's hard to tell from the limited beta version currently available whether the full-featured game will live up to the hype of the books and film. As it stands, social interaction is limited to Friends sending each other items requests. The bleak world of Panem is rendered in moody detail, and characters bear the likenesses of their movie counterparts. The number of quests is limited, but many do tackle the social problems of a poor district with themes like hunger and dilapidation. The game could use stronger tutorials, a functioning map, better social features, and more quests -- all of which will hopefully arrive in the newest updates.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the post-apocalyptic setting. What survival skills would it be important to learn if you found yourself in a similar environment?

  • Families can also talk about what features, quests, and characters you would like to see added to the game in future updates. Players can even email the developer with their feedback by completing a beta tester form that automatically pops up when they've completed all of the current quests.

  • Do you prefer to play games on Facebook versus on the console? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Funtactix
Release date:March 30, 2012
Topics:Book characters, Misfits and underdogs
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBooks rule April 12, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

Let the adventure begin!

I really enjoy this game, it has your favorite characters. The quests challenging, but fun.

What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old Written byT-Swift26 April 30, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Fun Game

I played this game and it was awesome! I played on my mom's account, since I don't have facebook. But if you do have facebook or play on your mom's or dad's, you should play it if your a hunger games fan. It's fun going on the quests.

Teen, 13 years old Written byyummychocolate2814 May 29, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

so-so

Great game and music. Nothings bad aboutit, Just a tad boring...

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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