Citizens of Earth

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Quirky, role-playing fun has mild violence, lots of laughs.

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Positive Messages

Working as a team, helping those in need key messages, though fighting to accomplish goals reduces positivity. Keeping characters in school helps them learn.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though main character is a clueless egoist, supporting cast is a widely diverse group with lots of strong, positive characters.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to play.

Violence

Battles aren't graphic, are very tongue-in-cheek. Most fights can be avoided.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One recruitable teammate shown smoking a pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Citizens of Earth is a downloadable, comedic role-playing game. Gameplay involves interacting with various characters to complete quests, as well as mild cartoon violence in turn-based battles against enemies. But fights aren't graphic, and many can be avoided entirely. Players can recruit a range of allies with unique skills and attacks, such as the hero's mother, who lectures enemies, and a sushi chef, who eats a dragon roll to breathe fire on enemies. One recruit smokes a pipe.

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What's it about?

CITIZENS OF EARTH is a lighthearted role-playing game that puts players in the nicely pressed suit of the newly elected Vice President of Earth. Despite wanting to sleep through his first day in office, the VP is forced to deal with strange happenings all around his hometown, from angry protesters to alien coffee beans. Though the Vice President is above getting his own hands dirty to get the job done, he'll use his winning smile and charming personality to recruit more than 40 citizens to help join his crusade to save the world.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. How do the game's cartoonish battles compare to real-world violence? How might things that seem harmless still hurt others?

  • Talk about positive ways to work together with diverse groups. How can someone's unique skills contribute to accomplishing a greater goal for a group?

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