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Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Education-focused historical tours without mature content.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about Ancient Greece while exploring a simulation of the Greek isles as they were more than two thousand years ago. Tour guides send players on discovery missions informed by actual scholars and historians where they can look at and learn about famous cities, architecture, art, artifacts, and events. Tours also discuss the people, religion, philosophies, and culture of the time, before finishing with a quick quiz to see how much the player learned. The experience is explicitly educational, presented in an interactive and entertaining way.

Positive Messages

Narrated tours encourage an interest in historical locations, politics, and culture, suggesting that we can learn more about who we are by studying our past.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The historical personalities players meet and learn about have a wide range of traits. Some philosophize about morality and politics while others come off as warmongers who have little respect for suffering citizens. The tour guides are supportive and encouraging of the player's learning.

Ease of Play

Players simply move their character through the world, occasionally tapping a button to reveal more information about a place or thing. There's no way to fail or die.

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Some of the ancient art shown includes male and female genitalia.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is a learning adventure for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. It provides players a stress-free way to explore and learn historical information about Ancient Greece, as presented in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It's available both as a paid standalone experience for Windows PC users and as a free update to players who purchased the full game. This is a series of education-focused tours created with the help of historians and scholars that provides players with factual information about the sites, architecture, culture, and people of Ancient Greece, presented in an interactive and entertaining way that ought to encourage kids' interest in history. Each tour ends with a simple quiz to test what players have learned. Parents and teachers should be aware that the standalone version for PC does not permit access to any of the mature content -- which includes bloody violence, language, substance abuse, and sexuality -- found in the story mode of the full version of the game.

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What's it about?

ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY – DISCOVERY TOUR: ANCIENT GREECE allows players to learn about Ancient Greece without worrying about getting into combat or triggering any of the story events or quests found in the full version of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It combines the years of effort developer Ubisoft put into researching Ancient Greece to create an authentic simulation of both the time and place with the expertise of historians and scholars. The result is a series of educational tours that allows players to explore the world and learn about the architecture, philosophy, culture, and people for which Ancient Greece is famous. Players interact with tour guides as they ride horses through the countryside on their way to visiting hundreds of historical sites scattered around the Greek isles, from the Parthenon in Athens to the religious sanctuary of Delphi. At the end of each tour, players are quizzed to see whether they were paying attention. Small rewards -- such as new avatars and mounts -- can be earned along the way, with some available only if the player goes off the tour path to explore the world on their own. The Discovery Tour is available as a standalone experience on PC for $19.99, but can also be accessed for free through a downloadable update to the full version of the game.

Is it any good?

These adventure games have always been praised for their dedication to historical accuracy, but it hasn't been easy for parents or educators to overlook the franchise's mature content. Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece provides an education-focused way for kids to experience the game's immense and beautiful simulation of Ancient Greece without worrying about inappropriate material. Players simply choose the Discovery Tour mode option from the main menu (the only selection available if you're playing the standalone game) to begin a purely educational experience. The narrator and historical personalities -- including the Greek historian Herodotos and the Spartan king Leonidas -- guide players as they cross dozens of regions on horse and foot to learn more about Ancient Greek civilization. These characters are essentially lecturers, delivering lots of knowledge about how ancient cities and monuments were built, how Greek citizens went about their daily lives, the origins of world-shaping philosophies developed by renowned Greek thinkers, and why and how wars were waged. Players will even get some lessons in Ancient Greece's famous gods, fables, and mythological creatures.

At the end of each tour, players are given a little quiz to test what they've learned. The questions aren't designed to be overly challenging, but instead simply provide additional incentive for kids to pay attention during the tour. If they get a question wrong, the tour guide will kindly correct them and provide the right information. There's no way to fail or lose. Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is a great way to glean educational benefits from the years of work Ubisoft put into creating a realistic simulation of the Ancient Greek world without worrying about running into the game's more mature content, making it a great pick for parents and teachers who want to encourage kids' interest in history.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning with technology. What did you learn about Ancient Greece while playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece? Have you played any other games that you felt helped you learn something practical about our world?

  • Why is it important that we study our species' past? What can we learn about ourselves from people who came before?

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