Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Charming, relaxing adventure game with positive message.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The game teaches the importance of environmental conservation and helps young players learn to identify certain types of birds. 

Positive Messages

The game is overwhelmingly positive, from its mission to save animals, to the way adults speak with kids, to the friendship shown between the lead character and her best friend. 

Positive Role Models

Alba and the community around her are great role models, showing the importance of things other than themselves. 

Ease of Play

The game's easy to pick up, though one play mechanic can be frustrating. 

Violence & Scariness
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a conservation-themed, family friendly adventure game downloadable for Apple Arcade. The focus of the game is on exploration and conserving wildlife, while also reinforcing the themes of friendship, respect, and community. It's a short game that will keep children's attention, but it also teaches them to respect the world around them. And it doesn't put pressure on players, letting them enjoy at their own pace. There's no notable violence, language, sexual content or alcohol/drug use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byLaura B. February 27, 2021

Surprisingly educational

My daughter flexed her reading skills following the text-based dialogue and learned about birds and environmental issues, all while having fun.
Kid, 8 years old April 18, 2021

Sweet story

Wonderful story about nature and taking care of it. At the end of the game it is pretty stressful when her grampa tries to find her on the burning island but en... Continue reading

What's it about?

ALBA: A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE takes place during a visit with her grandparents in the Mediterranean. Alba finds a dolphin in perill and dedicates her vacation to helping animals and the world around her, whether that means picking up trash on the ground or stopping a hotel from replacing the local nature sanctuary. As Alba, you (and your friend Ines) will gather volunteer and convince people to help you with your goals, as you take pictures of local wildlife (a favorite hobby of your grandfather's). The game lets you proceed at your own pace and encourages you, like the child hero, to run around and explore as you do good deeds with no time pressure to finish tasks. 

Is it any good?

The most amazing thing about this wilderness adventure isn't it's environmental focus or its gameplay -- it's the kindness. Alba and Ines, the two main characters of Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Screen, are terrific friends. Her grandparents are supportive and loving. Adults in the game speak to kids, rather than at them. And this kindness extends into the overall theme of the game -- making the world around you a better place. To further extend that, the game encourages players to progress at their own speed, without any artificial pressure. It wants you to relax on this virtual island as much as the digital residents of that property do. 

That sense of calm makes the game's shortcomings much less frustrating. The camera Alba uses is flipped, meaning the controls become inverted. That makes it dizzying and aggravating when trying to line up a shot of any animal you see. Given the major role that feature plays in the gameplay, it can be jarring, but you'll be so invested in helping Alba save the nature center and clean up the island that you won't want to give up. It's a breezy, carefree game that's both empowering and educational. And it's a perfect diversion for younger kids and adults alike. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about conservation. What can you do to make the world around you a better place?

  • Where would you go if you could go anywhere -- and what would you do?

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