Amazonia

Common Sense Media says

Good puzzle game marred by terrible broken English.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

An unintended message that comes out of Amazonia is that good spelling and grammar are unnecessary.

Positive role models

The only role model, so to speak, in the game is the narrator, who cannot spell or use proper English sentence structure, and is therefore, a bad role model.

Ease of play

Gameplay is actually very simple and easy to pick up, although the horrible broken English in which instructions are given can be an impediment to learning the rules.

Violence
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Sex
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Language

Game has terrible broken English.

Consumerism

Previews and demos of other E-rated games by the same publishers are included on the disc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this otherwise be a fun, entertaining puzzle game is brought down by comically bad broken English. Kids could definitely handle the gameplay, but they may be confused by some of the instructions and utterly baffled by the narration -- all because of mispellings and grammatical errors. At best kids could laugh at the terrible writing, at worst they could absorb the errors as proper English.

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What's it about?

The story of AMAZONIA seems to be something about finding a lost kingdom. While it is called Amazonia, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Amazon (the setting is sometimes an arid desert, sometimes a snowy mountainside). The plot is almost impossible to follow as it is conveyed through ridiculously bad English. Here is an example: \"Noise of water falling in enormous waterfalls pawns your ears. Tons of water drive fray in a flour thousand-year stones. It only a time barrier on your way for seal of the guard of water.\" Really, Amazonia is a puzzle game in which you match up sets of three or more similar gems.

Is it any good?

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Amazonia is a pretty good, if not entirely original puzzle game. Shifting around gems to match sets of three or more has been done before in Jewel Master, Puzzle Quest, Cradle of Rome and other games. But there are some new innovations to Amazonia, like snowflake tiles that freeze all the gems around them until they are destroyed. Amazonia, however, also has one of the most glaring cases of a lack of proofreading ever seen in computer games. In the narration, it can be comical. In the instructions, it can be problematic, as when the game tells you how to get rid of those freezing tiles: "Break ice by making combinations with amulets adjusted to it." They mean "adjacent," not "adjusted."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of proper grammar and spelling. Though it is absolutely not the intention of the game developers, Amazonia provides a perfect negative example of what can happen when people don't learn how to write in proper English.

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:January 12, 2010
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Windows)

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