Samorost 3

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Eerie world, tricky puzzles in unique adventure.

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

Educational Value

Though not created with educational intent, the puzzles do require problem-solving skills and perseverance. Kids will also have to think creatively to find solutions.

Ease of Play

Though this has simple point-and-click controls, goals aren't clear, and degrees or kinds of tapping can matter for certain puzzles.

Violence

Though there's no blood or gore, it does have some eerie imagery that may upset young children.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Samorost 3 is a beautiful, clever, but very tricky puzzle-based point-and-click adventure game that's also available on desktop. While there are some freaky images, including some weird creatures and ghosts that might disturb younger players, the game isn't violent, and there's no blood or gore. That said, while there's not much here that's inappropriate for younger gamers, they might become frustrated by the game's slow pace and lack of action or their inability to solve difficult puzzles. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

SAMOROST 3 begins when a horn falls from the sky -- a horn you not only play but also can use to hear better. As you explore, you interact with the natives, sometimes musically, as you try to figure out what's going on. While some of the things you need to figure out are straightforward puzzles -- such as when you have to put cards into the right order to feed a small family -- most of your game time is spent figuring out how to get around, poking anything and everything to see what happens, and trying to decide what the other people in the world want from you. To access hints, players have to solve a simple dot-matching puzzle each time.

Is it any good?

As smart as it is artsy, this clever and challenging puzzle-based adventure game is stunning and fun, though the goals and solutions might be too hard to uncover for some kids. Like interacting with a rich, detailed painting, this has you poking and prodding your way around, trying to figure out what's going on and why you didn't just stay home with your dog. Though it's often fun, it doesn't explain itself well and can be tough and a bit counterintuitive. There are also times when the touchscreen isn't as responsive as you might like. Though hints are available, you have to solve a simple puzzle to get to them, and they're not always totally clear. On the whole, though, Samorost 3 is unique, transporting, and full of unexpected solutions, which sets this puzzler apart from the pack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems in Samorost 3 and in real life. Why is it important to think through a problem before trying to solve it?

  • Talk about being observant. What does this game show us about being observant of the world around us?

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