Anna's Quest

Game review by
Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Point-&-click tale has deep story, some frustrating puzzles.

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Positive Messages

Overcoming enemies, proving that underdog can come out on top repeatedly. Facing fears with a positive attitude. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Anna is a child but quickly proves size doesn't matter. With newly discovered telekinetic powers, a will to help her ailing grandfather, she must solve many challenges as players direct paths she will follow. 

Ease of Play

Point-and-click controls, with helpful tutorial. Gameplay becomes challenging as players have to figure out puzzles and which items to use where; can be frustrating.

Violence

Though no blood, gore, this twisted fairy tale introduces evil, villains that may scare younger kids. Anna is kidnapped, experimented upon by an evil witch, who keeps popping back up to haunt Anna over course of game. Other cartoonish hazards shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Anna's Quest is a downloadable point-and-click adventure that tells the tale of a young girl named Anna who lives in a mythical and magical world she's just discovered. The goal is to lead Anna back to her ailing grandfather, which can only be done by helping her escape from a variety of storybook characters and solving puzzles. Some puzzles can be very challenging, which may frustrate players. There's some mild violence as well as evil characters, such as a witch that pursues Anna throughout the story, which could be too scary for younger players.

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What's it about?

ANNA'S QUEST begins in storybook form with Anna and her grandfather, who tells her she must never enter the woods surrounding their farm. He says this to her everyday until one day he falls ill and Anna must leave and get help; to do so she must gp through the forest. As she walks through the forest, Anna is kidnapped by an evil witch and placed in a high tower. She soon discovers that she's telekinetic, and the witch wants her powers. While in the tower, she meets Ben, a stuffed bear that can talk and move. Apart from trying to escape the tower, Anna tries to uncover the witch's plan and get back to her grandfather so he can get better.

Is it any good?

If you've been looking for a game that's entertaining, requires skill and thinking, is beautifully illustrated, and has a thoughtful plot, than look no further. This dark fairy tale requires players to listen, observe, and solve problems. Each level includes a variety of elements and tools you must use to solve the puzzles placed before you, but the answers aren't always as easy as you may think and require clever choices. For example, in one area you must get a key from a rat, and your options to do so are limited. The answer involves tricking the rat into giving up the key, but how you do it is up to you. Many of the solutions are tricky and can take some time to figure out, so younger players may become frustrated.

Some may find parts of the story frightening with ghosts, witches, kidnapping, and other dark themes. The story line also plays out pretty slowly, which means that between the more engaging puzzle sections, you may wait for a big development. It's also imperative that players read or listen to all the dialogue so they know what to look for on the journey and don't get lost. But even with these negatives, the animation is beautiful and draws players in quickly while the story unfolds like a movie as Anna proves she has the power to overcome evil to return to her grandfather. Adventure fans will love this new atmospheric fairy tale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a game's visuals. Is a game more appealing when it looks like a cartoon? What if the content is dark or scary? Is it easier to watch because it looks fun?  

  • How does this game seem like a fairy tale? Is it trying to teach players a cautionary tale? What lessons can you learn from Anna?  How are trials easier to overcome with a positive attitude?

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