The Everlasting Regret

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Puzzle game based on poem is beautiful but frustrating.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, but doesn't explain them well, and can be rather confusing.

 

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Sex

Implied nudity during one scene as a woman emerges from a bath, but only her back is shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Everlasting Regret is a visual puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, save for some implied nudity that comes from an image of a woman from behind emerging from a bath, though only her bare back is shown. The story's based on a classic Chinese poem, which may prompt players to seek out books of Chinese poetry. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In THE EVERLASTING REGRET, a monarch is longing to find a lady of exceptional beauty with which to share his life. The game is a retelling of "Song of Everlasting Regret," which is a classic poem by Bai Juyi, one of the great poets from China's Tang Dynasty (618-907). To play, you have to dip a quill into one of three ink wells and either tap the correct color in the right spot or swipe in the right direction to solve some of the various puzzles that arise during the game. 

Is it any good?

While this does take a unique approach to visual puzzles, it makes things rather tough by not explaining itself well. Based on an ancient Chinese poem by Bai Juyi called "Song of Everlasting Regret," The Everlasting Regret tells the story of a monarch who's looking for a beautiful lady. But it's not as sordid as that may sound, it's all rather chaste (the poems was, after all, written around 809). To assist in the telling of this tale, players have to tap on one of three ink wells and then either swipe or tap on the image in just the right way or the right spot. For instance, in one part, the poem says that it was time for the lady to rest, so you have to use the right kind of ink to extinguish the flame of a candle.

But while this is a rather interesting way of telling this story, it's not much of a game. For starters, it doesn't explain its mechanics well, and even after the initial scenes, playing this is a lot of trial and error with no sense of thought behind it. While some of the pages are really simple to solve, some are annoyingly tough. Granted, there are hints if you need them, but they're never very helpful. Which is really too bad. Had this been a simple interactive piece, it would've been an engaging way to read this poem. And had it been more, well, puzzling, this would've been more fun. As is, though, you'll have a feeling you'll lament playing The Everlasting Regret for a very long time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about explaining things clearly. The Everlasting Regret relies on players figuring out how it works, so why is it important to be clear and detailed when explaining yourself?

  • The Everlasting Regret is based on a 1200-year-old Chinese poem, so what have you learned about Chinese culture from playing this game? Does it make you want to learn more?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 28, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 782.10 MB
  • Publisher: Tencent Games
  • Version: 1.0.3303
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.3 and up
  • Last updated: September 1, 2020

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