Parents' Guide to

This Is a True Story

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Interactive story is light on gameplay but heavy on message.

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We walk by pressing on the left and right of our character, we can move or pick up objects by sliding onto them and move higher or lower by sliding up and down. The game requires us to maintain high energy in order to proceed so we need to rest in the shade every few seconds. The main objective is to get to water stream and bring it back home. On the way there and back, there are a few encounters where we'll need to solve a puzzle and find a hidden object and a few others. The final objective of the game requires us to do some certain movements and timing in order to prepare something. This part may be the most challenging to figure out but overall, it's a simple narrated adventure with icons showing us what to do and character telling what's expected. Story is about a woman and her friends in the village and how difficult the life can be in such a hot environment.

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Sometimes a game is meant to entertain, while other times it's meant to carry a message. This Is a True Story falls squarely into the latter category. In fact, it's a stretch to even call it a game. Sure, it's got a couple of very basic puzzle elements tossed in to keep you busy for part of the time it takes to complete from start to finish, which is less than an hour. But that just makes it more of an interactive story than anything else. That's not to say there's not a lot to take in. The visuals are beautiful, like a painting brought to life. The narration is engaging as you listen to the character's inner thoughts, still filled with hope even after the suffering she and those around her have endured. And the overall message, spotlighting the importance of the availability of clean water in underdeveloped societies, is presented in a powerful but not desperate manner. But while the story might be rich with perspective and insight, as a game, it simply comes up dry.

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