Parents' Guide to

Bastion

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun action RPG has mild violence and a memorable narrator.

Game Xbox 360 2011
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Imagine Fallout, except cartoon.

Bastion is a beautifully drawn, narrated, orchestrated game. Besides being a fantastic isometric beat-em-up, the game has a dark surrealism undertone that most people under the age of 20 will not understand. The game is upbeat but at times crippling depressing. Many themes of loneliness, abandonment, and racism (listen to the official soundtrack song "build that wall"). All of the themes are approached well for a pre-teen but may need adult guidance to understand. There is a strange mechanic of the game involving "spirits" which increases the players strength. They are never specifically referred to as alcohol but heavily implied.
age 8+

You know Common Sense Media is messed up when you see that they didn't know it was for the PC...

Really??? Not knowing it's for PC??? Wow... Anyways, nothing bad about it except violence.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

The heart of Bastion is its constant, soulful, and occasionally witty narrator, who never fails to comment on even the smallest of our hero’s actions. Defeat a tough enemy? He’ll sing your praises. Find a new path? He’ll describe it. Fall off a ledge? He’ll step in with a funny little explanation. His calm commentary and reliable presence give the proceedings an almost storybook-like atmosphere that’s wholly original to the world of games.

The action is fun, too. Colorful, magical platforms spring into existence in front of our hero with each step forward, and the enemies he faces force players to constantly shift tactics, switching between ranged and melee weapons, using a shield when necessary, and remaining wary of the often shifting, dynamic environments. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, light, and inventive interactive entertainment, Bastion is a good bet.

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