Bastion

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Bastion Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 11+

Fun action RPG has mild violence and a memorable narrator.

Xbox 360 2011

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 6 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Community 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.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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.

This title has:

Too much violence

Game Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Flower Poster Image

    Flower

    Stunningly beautiful, warm-hearted game has a green message.

    age 7+
  • Braid Poster Image

    Braid

    Brilliant time-shifting platform game about love lost.

    age 14+
  • PixelJunk Eden Poster Image

    PixelJunk Eden

    Clever but challenging game is a treat for players' senses.

    age 8+
  • World of Goo Poster Image

    World of Goo

    Brilliant physics-based puzzler turns player into engineer.

    age 8+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate