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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Apotheon is a fast-paced downloadable action-adventure game wherein players attempt to save the world from self-destructing at the hands of the Olympian gods. This involves killing hordes of feral humans who have succumbed to the gods' nefarious plan. The game has a unique art style wherein everything, from the environments to enemies, is based on ancient Greek art. As a result, each character looks like little more than a glorified stick figure, lessening any impact from the frenetic violence. Some of the gods also are shown without clothes, but the stylistic nature of the character models reduces the impact of the nudity. In one mission, players head to the "Vineyard of Dionysus," the god of wine. They must drink several bottles of wine within a specified amount of time; the screen blurs to simulate the sense of being drunk. In addition, the words "damn" and "hell" appear in the dialogue.
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What’s It About?
APOTHEON uses a background of Greek mythology to set a scene wherein the fate of mankind is at risk. The god Zeus has become angry at a world riddled with sinful and ungrateful humans, so he's set into action a plan for them to destroy themselves. The planet is quickly falling into chaos when one man, Nikandreos, forges ahead with a mission to save himself -- and the rest of mankind.
Is It Any Good?
Apotheon deserves great praise for its creative art style. It manages to strike a captivating balance between modern flair and ancient art. It's so unique that players may even feel a bit uneasy at first; the stark contrast of bright and colorful backgrounds with simplistic black-and-red characters is so different from a game with "normal" graphics. But, after the player gets used to the unique graphics, the game plays very smoothly. The quests and unfolding story, all based on real Greek mythology, give it a very alluring appeal. It's not for the faint of heart, as players need solid reflexes and strategic skills to survive the frequent onslaught of destructive enemies. But for those who have the focus and desire to get through the many levels, obstacles, and quests, Apotheon is easily recommended.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the level of violence in this game. Do you think the violence justifies the story line, or does the story line justify the violence? How could the game be changed to have the opposite effect?
Do you think the history of ancient mythology is important? How might it be relevant today?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: historical figures, history, power structures
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Alientrap
- Release date: February 3, 2015
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood, Nudity, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol
- Last updated: October 27, 2019
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