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Beholder: Blissful Sleep

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Prequel strategy has more moral choice, little new content.

Game Mac , Windows 2017
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This prequel features the same mix of cynicism and black humor as Beholder, but gameplay changes add little new content to this tale. The spying aspect is de-emphasized here, and gameplay is structured so that talking to people is more important than watching them. Rarely are you required to gather information on anyone, so your role as government stooge is seriously downplayed. Because of this, the tenant melodrama is harder to focus on. Much as you might want to help people, it's hard to find time when you're mere days away from being dragged to that big government waiting room in the sky. As a result, you're bound to fail a lot of timed missions and cause a lot of people a lot of suffering. If you have any compassion at all, that's not easy to face. Difficult moral choices still abound: Do I help a family avoid persecution or turn them in? Do I make money selling bootleg medicine, even if it makes people sick? The ending changes according to those choices. Though the expansion seems free of the base game's technical issues, the timer aspect combined with obscure mission solutions often makes it feel like you're fighting a losing battle. That, along with minimal new content, makes Beholder: Blissful Sleep feel less like a meaningful expansion and more like a slightly modified version of the base game.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
  • Release date: May 18, 2017
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Blood, References to Drugs and Alcohol, Crude Humor
  • Last updated: August 4, 2017

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