Parents' Guide to

Arise: A Simple Story

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Touching poetic adventure explores time, age, and death.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Great game

It’s a brilliant game and extremely relaxing and it’s quite hard but no violence swearing or any bad things.

This title has:

Great role models
age 12+

Beautiful, enchanting and heartfelt expierence!

An amazing piece of art, I'd say! Positive outlook and message. Big themes like life, death, companionship and love. Very clever game mechanics of time manipulation. There are some scary elements too. In the chapter "Alone" the protagonist must face ominous crowds of shadow people, so for that one, I recommend parental assistance, as it could be too intense for a kid. Also, the story involves the loss of the child at birth. So there is also some heavy emotional themes.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a game that encourages players to see beauty in everything, including the natural world, human emotion and ingenuity, and even death. Arise: A Simple Story is full of metaphor, most prominently when it comes to the concept of time. Given control over the passage of time, we can see how it's both a blessing and a curse. It renders the past immutable and unchangeable, but also creates hope for the future, as the game's old man sees over and over again as he relives his life. Parts of it almost feel like the opening moments of the movie Up, with months and years condensed into a few short minutes both joyous and sad. There are scenes bound to make empathetic players well up with tears as the old man finds love and confronts tragedy, overcoming certain hurdles while stumbling over others. Few games are as effective at conveying such a range of emotions so naturally and seemingly effortlessly.

It's also a lot of fun to play. Working out solutions to puzzles is rarely overly challenging, which gives players time to relish their control over the game world. Moving the sun back and forth across to sky and watching as giant sunflowers bend their heads to follow it and trampoline-like spider webs take shape is the type of game mechanic that never gets old. Things can get a little frustrating toward the end as the running and jumping scenarios become more challenging -- this is complicated by a sometimes uncooperative camera that can make accurate movement difficult -- but checkpoints are generous, meaning you never lose much progress. Arise: A Simple Story may not be perfect, but even its imperfections can be seen as metaphor for its ambitious tale of a human life well and fully lived.

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