Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures, Episode 1

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Smart, funny story about a princess who rescues herself.

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Ease of Play

The touch interface makes everything easy to control. The puzzles can be quite challenging and require advanced reading skills. If stuck, players can tap a button to reveal all the "hotspots" in an area that can be tapped.

Violence

One character is shown hitting another, and several threats of violence (such as beatings) are made.

Sex

Some mild sexual innuendo. One character makes several sleazy come-on lines to the princess, asking her for kisses.

Language

Infrequent use of "bastard," "damn," "hell," and "arse."

Consumerism

A link on the main menu advertises more games from the developer. The Credits page has links to the developer's website and Facebook page.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 is a point-and-click adventure about a daring young princess who, after being kidnapped, decides to escape instead of waiting helplessly to be rescued. Episode 1 of this multi-part adventure follows Scarlett as she figures out a way to elude her kidnappers and problem-solve her way through various puzzles and challenges. There are some mildly suggestive themes, language, crude humor, and cartoonish violence, but nothing graphic or overtly explicit.

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Is it any good?

SCARLETT AND THE SPARK OF LIFE: SCARLETT ADVENTURES EPISODE 1 is an offbeat adventure with a wicked sense of humor, highly creative puzzles, and a strong and funny female protagonist who doesn't behave like a stereotypical video game princess. Challenges are divided into inventory-based puzzles, where players pick up items and figure out how to use them in the environment, and dialog-based puzzles that involve listening carefully to the other characters and choosing the right things to say. All in all it's a wonderful treat for adventure game fans, even in spite of the open-ended finale that sets the stage for Episode 2.

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