A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ADR1FT is a survival adventure game. Players are the only active character in the game, uncovering details about the rest of the crew via text and audio logs left behind. These communications occasionally reference some of the crew's past behavior, including sexual relationships and drug use. Although there's no explicit violence in the game, the tense situation and how it's presented to the player if and when he or she begins to suffocate could be a bit intense for younger players.
What's it about?
ADR1FT is a story of isolation and desperation. A cataclysmic event has happened aboard the Northstar IV, a space station developed by Hardiman Aerospace with the goal of researching off-world colonization. The result has left the station in pieces and the crew dead, with the exception of the mission's leader, Commander Alex Oshima. Stranded in space with only a damaged EVA suit to protect her, Oshima must make her way through the wreckage of the Northstar IV, investigating the cause of the station's destruction, scavenging for any oxygen she can find and, most importantly, trying to find some way to get back home.
Is it any good?
It's amazing sometimes just how little fear can overwhelm us. Sometimes, all it takes is a feeling of being completely and utterly alone. ADR1FT does a phenomenal job of drawing the player into a world that is both beautiful and terrifying. It's easy to get lost in the almost Zen-like peace and tranquility of floating through space and what remains of the Northstar IV. But right about then is when you hear your character gasping for breath, her air supply dwindling and her vision clouding, and your chest tightens, your throat closes, and you feel panic. Grabbing an oxygen canister, both you and your character take in a deep breath and once again appreciate the sense of dread.
While much of the tension is intentional, some of the frustration isn't. The controls, by default, are difficult to get the hang of. Too much thrust, and you burn up precious oxygen while flying right past your intended target. Too little, and you trudge through at a pace that would make a turtle feel like a cheetah. The same applies for pitch, roll, and every other control. None of that compares, though, to the irritation of reaching out for an item, only to just miss it and watch as you float helplessly past it. Actually, there's one worse feeling, and that's when you accidentally bump into whatever item you're reaching for and knock it clear across the room or out into the abyss. Players can adjust some of the sensitivity levels to help out, but ultimately controlling your character is simply a matter of patience and precision -- two things difficult to keep in mind as you're reminding yourself to breathe.
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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: 505 Games
- Release date: March 28, 2016
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Mild Sexual Themes
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