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What parents need to know
What's it about?
IDENTITY V is a freemium online multiplayer game where players search for the lost memories of a writer-turned-gumshoe hired to investigate a creepy manor house. Once there, they discover a mysterious game's taken place, where four everyday people (called Survivors) are thrown into an enclosure with a bat-wielding maniac (called a Hunter) and tasked with finding a way to escape. Players choose roles in a matchmaking lobby (Survivor or Hunter) and go head-to-head, chasing Survivors or hacking security panels. Survivors earn points working independently or together to avoid being killed, and Hunters earn points by effectively eliminating Survivors. The detective's story unfolds as matches are played, and players earn in-game currency, skill points, and rewards such as alternate character costumes. Both Hunters and Survivors become more powerful by spending points on useful skills, and weekly events give players further opportunities to earn in-game rewards.
Is it any good?
Much like a well-written detective story, what looks at first like a simple multiplayer action game concept reveals itself to be much more complex and intriguing. Identity V starts with a spooky manor and an amnesiac detective, both of which make it seem that players are in for a linear storyline. But a few minutes in, it becomes apparent that this is a much more dynamic mix of role-playing and competitive versus play. Rather than skulking around a dusky mansion, players are running for their lives from a masked marauder and working with (or actively betraying) a team full of panicked strangers. Survivors come from all walks of life: doctors, thieves, gardeners, magicians. Hunters (who can be characters like a scary clown, a circus freak, a scarecrow, or Jack the Ripper) come from the ninth circle of hell. No matter which role you choose, though -- hunter or hunted -- Identity V does an amazing job of creating tension and suspense. Without question, your heart will pound. Things get even more exciting as you collect more Survivors and Hunters and level them up. The good news for parents is: The scare level never goes overboard, thanks to the blood-free cartoony animations and whimsical Tim Burton-like graphics. Even better news: The app is easy on the pocket book. The fun isn't interrupted by annoying ads, and while buying currency can make things move faster, it's totally possible to play for free. Identity V is well worth the download if you and your kids love a good scare.
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