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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.
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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.
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- Platforms: Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment
- Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, work to achieve goals
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: group projects
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: ustwo games
- Release date: December 20, 2020
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: January 13, 2022
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