Protanopia

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Unique comic book experience, heavy on the violence.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Though created for entertainment only, this digital comic offers a unique reading experience that could entice some reluctant readers to dive in. It also could inspire storytelling, especially in innovative ways.

Ease of Play

Comic book style is easy to navigate with swiping, tapping, and tilting. 

Violence

The story is set in a war and has some graphic, albeit comic book, violence. 

Sex
Language

Harsh language includes t-ts and f--got, used as a slur. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown smoking cigars and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Protanopia is an innovative digital comic book about a group of soldiers heading into battle. The subject matter is mature, and content includes graphic violence as well as harsh language like "t-ts" and "f--got." Several characters smoke. There are links to the author's website from within the app. At the time of review, there was no privacy policy available.

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What's it about?

PROTANOPIA is a digital comic book that follows a troop of soldiers into battle. As their boat approaches the shore, one soldier lays out a creative plan for staying alive. His fellow soldiers make fun of him before eventually joining his plan and heading into battle. But will the plan succeed, or does the enemy have a plan of their own? The app has a unique feature that allows the 2D scenes to behave like 3D scenes as the device is tilted. Readers can view one panel of the story, and then tap to see a whole page at a time. Two taps brings up the whole layout for ease of navigating between pages.

Is it any good?

This visual gem isn't for the faint of heart, but it will give mature comic book fans something to rave about. While the tale is somewhat violent, Protanopia takes the comic book realm to new heights with visual effects that make the images come to life without actually being animated. It could use a bit more interactivity and maybe some sound effects to fully embrace the medium, but it's still an innovative take on a longtime favorite genre. The fact that it's free makes up for the fact that it's quite short. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the realities of war. How is Protanopia realistic? How is it fanciful?

  • Talk about the language used in the app. Why do the characters use the slurs they do? Does the context make a difference?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

  • Discuss the violence in the app. Does the context make a difference in this case? Why or why not?

App details

For kids who love comic books

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