Parents' Guide to

Citizens of Earth

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky, role-playing fun has mild violence, lots of laughs.

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Citizens of Earth is a hilarious adventure that never takes itself too seriously, simultaneously poking fun at everything from politics and conspiracy theories to pop culture and classic gaming. Some of the humor may go over younger players' heads, but there's plenty of slapstick humor to appeal to all ages. The game has a colorful, animated style and easy-to-use controls, and though some combat can get a bit repetitious, many random fights can be bypassed by simply avoiding foes on the world map.

Traveling back and forth to collect and deliver quest items can sometimes feel tedious, and sometimes the quest goals are too vague. For example, more than once, the game will direct the player to recover some object but neglect to give any real indication as to where that person or thing may be, resulting in the user solving some quests more by luck than skill. Fortunately, the game comes around with its winning wit and humor. As the Vice President of the World, it's fun to try to sway people to your side and recruit them to your cause. Plus, managing Citizens of Earth's diverse lineup of characters and skills adds a lot of extra depth to the overall experience. Who would think a mother lecturing enemies or a car salesman verbally assaulting opponents could be an effective attacker? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Citizens of Earth places a lighthearted spin on a genre that can frequently be way too serious and dramatic, allowing players to truly enjoy the adventure and its characters.

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