Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is based on the cartoon TV series Family Guy. In this game, players take on the roles of different characters from the show and have to build a virtual world that resembles the fictitious town of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the characters live. These tasks can take a long time, but you can purchase game coins for real money to speed everything up. Be advised that many quests involve some sort of illegal activity such as stealing cable or tasks that hint at the forbidden, such as veiled references to getting people drunk. Though it's a cartoon and missions are all tongue-in-cheek, the content involves lots of references to drugs, sex, drinking, smoking, violence, and negative stereotypes, all included as part of the humor.
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What's it about?
FAMILY GUY: THE QUEST FOR STUFF is in many way a typical free-to-play time-and-resource-management game. You have to help the characters from the TV show build a town and complete other missions to earn both virtual currency and points for experience. The first few levels take very little time and effort. For example, it takes a few taps and a couple of seconds to build the first house, but to complete other structures later in the game you might have to wait days unless you want to spend real money to speed things up and earn experience and level up faster. In terms of plot, the game is aptly named because you're only trying to help the various animated characters get stuff they want by tapping on them, reading and hearing some dialogue, and then watching a timer run out as the characters accomplish a quest.
Is it any good?
Fans of Family Guy enjoy this game, as it reflects the show's sense of humor and includes random, madcap quests. However, its lack of coherence and reliance on so-called "time management" -- a built-in delay in gameplay that you can speed up by paying in-game or real money -- put a damper on the fun. There are some genuinely funny moments that are entirely inoffensive, and even some of the off-color jokes are funny if you like that sort of thing, which of course fans of the show do. The core mechanics work well, and there are a few twists on this otherwise typical freemium title, including a lot of animation and dialogue. For older teens and adults who love the show, this app delivers what they would expect.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about negative stereotypes in popular media. In what ways are they included? How can the purpose be different in various contexts?
Talk about how sex, violence, and substance abuse are portrayed in the media. What can someone learn from the different ways that shows, movies, and games handle these topics?
Parents can discuss the popularity of the show and the characters. Are any of the characters worthy role models? Are there any positive messages to be had hidden in the dark jokes?
If your child is ready, talk about satire and irony. Why and how is this show funny?
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