Florence

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging, heartfelt interactive tale examines relationships.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls. Most puzzles are easy, though some take effort to figure out.

Violence
Sex

Two characters are shown sleeping; the male is shirtless. 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Florence is an interactive comic book about a young woman who falls in love with a musician. There's no violence, cursing, or sex, though Florence and her boyfriend are shown sleeping in the same bed, and he's topless. But while there's nothing inappropriate, the story is still better suited for those who've known love or heartbreak than those too young to understand it. There's no privacy policy on the developer's website or in the game itself; consider yourself warned.

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What's it about?

In FLORENCE, we watch as the titular 25-year-old office worker falls in love with a cello player. While players don't have any input in how their relationship progresses, we do interact with them in simple ways. Not only are there picture puzzles, matching puzzles, and other challenges, you also have to do things for them. For instance, when it comes time for Florence to brush her teeth, you have to rub the screen back and forth. You also, at one point, have to do her math homework for her.

Is it any good?

Though it lacks any real challenge, and it's a story we've seen before, this interactive comic book still manages to be engaging and heartfelt. In Florence, we watch as a 25-year-old woman meets and falls in love with a cello player. But rather than have players decide the course of their relationship, we're relegated to doing little things that don't really matter that much. Like brushing her teeth by rubbing the screen back and forth, finishing her math homework in a flashback to her youth, and completing simple picture and matching puzzles. Also, her story isn't unique; there have been numerous graphic novels with very similar plots. Despite this lack of challenge or originality, though, this still ends up being a rather engaging tale, one that's heartfelt and honest. Which is why Florence isn't for when you want something to test your reflexes or your intellect, but for when you want to sit back with a good story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. In one part of Florence, you have to decide which of your stuff you will put in storage, and which of your boyfriend's, but what does this teach us about compromise in a relationship?

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