Apotheon

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Modern Clash of Titans has alluring art, challenging play.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic facts and concepts about Greek mythology. Every allusion to Greek gods and the ancient belief system of the time is rooted in historical fact. Kids will learn the names of various Greek gods and their relevance to society then and now. The game also has a wide variety of puzzles kids must solve using logic, reasoning, and memorization. Apotheon manages to teach classical myths in an accessible, action-packed adventure.

Positive Messages

Though strong in its depiction of good over evil, also filled with destruction, violence. Not a feel-good story line.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central character, Nikandreos, fulfills all qualities of heroism; he quite literally goes on a mission to single-handedly save humankind.

Ease of Play

A challenging game -- that's part of its appeal. Players will need to be agile and focused, mastering different attack styles and testing out various strategies to make their way through an onslaught of enemies.

Violence

Your hero kills hordes of people and gods, resulting in frequent, merciless hacking and slashing. Characters emit bursts of blood when attacked, crumble to the ground before eventually disappearing. Enemies are stylistically portrayed as ancient paintings, which limits impact.

Sex

Several statues, paintings of gods and goddesses without clothes. Nothing blatantly obscene, all very true to style of ancient Greek art.

Language

"Damn," "hell."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Dionysus, the god of wine, appears with optional side quest where players are tasked with drinking several bottles of wine in a limited amount of time. As players consume more bottles of wine, the screen becomes blurrier. If they fail to complete the task in time, they pass out.

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?

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