Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Great role-playing game has African themes, some violence.

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Positive Messages

Objectives large, small involve helping people, saving lives. Main character's personal goal is to realize his full potential. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Prince Enzo, his bride, Erine, are a great example of friendship, love. Their relationship makes each of them a better, more effective person. 

Ease of Play

Gameplay is easy so long as you use a controller. Exceptions are wall-jumping sections, which are over-complex, highly frustrating. 

Violence

Combat is main method of progressing; bodies shown with blood on them. But when main character dies, he simply collapses, can even be resurrected. Serious themes of slavery, genocide.

Sex

Female characters occasionally scantily clad; some suggestive references when women ask Enzo if he'd like to "come sleep with me." Suggestive language about rape.

Language

One instance of "bitch." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine drinking mentioned. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is a downloadable fantasy role-playing game (RPG) based on African culture. It's presented in a 2-D cartoon style and features lots of combat, death, and modest amounts of blood. Serious themes, such as slavery and genocide, are addressed. Aside from the occasional instance of the word "bitch," there's no bad language, but there's some sexually suggestive language involving rape, flirting, and characters "sleeping together" and mention of wine drinking. Controls are simple, but some sequences are incredibly frustrating.

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What's it about?

AURION: THE LEGACY OF THE KORI-ODAN is the first mainstream video game to come out of Africa. Steeped in Pan-African culture and legend, the game tells the story of Enzo Kori-Odan, the young, newly married prince of a troubled nation. Players join Enzo and his bride, Erine, in helping the people of Zama and searching for Enzo's "Aurionic" powers. These powers, based on the emotions and lessons learned by Enzo's ancestors, enable him to access the past to plan for the future. Enzo's wife also has impressive skills that work in tandem with Enzo's and help enormously as the two fight their way through the vast African wilderness. 

Is it any good?

This first game out of Cameroon is a stylish role-playing introduction to African mythology. It's different from the get-go, featuring not one but two heroes -- an African prince and his beautiful new bride -- and wraps the usual "save the world" goal around deeper themes involving cultural heritage and self-discovery. Role-playing fans will find the RPG elements familiar. Enzo and Erine gain experience by fighting, which (along with weapons and armor) makes them more powerful. Useful things such as food and salable treasures are found by exploring, and a good amount of time is spent doing business with merchants. What's less familiar are Enzo's "Aurionic" powers. These elemental skills, based on things such as fire, water, darkness, and light, let Enzo blast enemies with over-the-top attacks and, by association, give Erine useful support abilities. The two are a wonderfully integrated duo whose cooperation in combat reflects the strength of their marital bond.

Aside from some very frustrating vertical jumping sequences, controls are great (so long as you use a console controller -- keyboard controls are horrendous) and the artwork is truly something special. Adding to the visual feast is the music, which embraces rhythmic African themes. The music's so good in fact, it only emphasizes the utter lack of voice acting and makes the poor and incomplete English text translation all the more painful. Still, since the fighting and exploring is more fun than talking and reading, you're in for an extraordinary adventure with Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of ancestry. Who are your ancestors, and what have you learned from them? 

  • Think about movies -- such as The Lion King -- that are set in Africa. How does the setting affect the content of this game? Can you think of any others that are similarly affected? 

  • Discuss the idea of ruling an entire nation. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a king? 

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