What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bastion is an iPad adaptation of the Xbox 360 hit action/role-playing game. The game features frequent, not-especially-violent combat against a variety of enemies using a plethora of weapons, including hammers, guns, and swords. The game's hero occasionally drinks "spirits" from the "distillery" to boost things like health. They're obvious potions and wouldn't be a concern in other games, if not for the use of real-world terms.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
Bastion wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
Players control a boy who wakes up to find his world destroyed by an unknown disaster. They explore and rebuild that world as they search for the reasons behind its destruction, with their story narrated by a wise (often funny) voice. Users tap where they want \"The Kid\" to go, double-tapping to get him to dodge when under attack. He targets enemies automatically if they're in range. To protect him from attack, users press a shield button, and they can swap weapons with a touch as well. Be careful of edges, as \"The Kid\" can easily fall off them.
Is it any good?
While Bastion's gameplay is incredibly well-done, the game is truly memorable because of the witty, wise narrator, who keeps the story moving while also commenting on every little action the hero takes -- including when he accidentally plunges to his death. It's as if the developers tapped in to that inner monologue we sometimes imagine when playing (or even doing real world activities).
The game also offers a diverse group of enemies and enough paths to explore that it stays true to its role-playing roots, while blending in puzzles and plenty of action. Nothing was lost in the port from the Xbox 360 version of the game -- and it might just have gotten better.