Crawl

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Slick, fast-paced, violent arena game is tag with monsters.

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age 16+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's kill or be killed to retain your humanity. Even characters admit nobody's acting with nobility.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Entire game is monsters, people egging each other on to kill one another. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

Lots of cartoonish gore. Pixelated graphics limit impact of violence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crawl is a downloadable, competitive local multiplayer brawler. Up to four players or bots fight one another as they progress through randomly generated dungeons. Violence is constant, but the pixelated graphics limit the impact on players.

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Adult Written bycomputern December 23, 2017

its good

I enjoy it, its best for a group of four players. Violence and gore is consistent, what you see is mostly what is in the entire game. I will warn that there is... Continue reading

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What's it about?

CRAWL really has no story. It's meant to hearken back to old-school arcade games or even console games such as Gauntlet, where a band of adventurers set out across the land and into dungeons hoping to survive. The twist in Crawl, though, is you know you won't. You know when you die sooner or later you'll get another chance to be the human hero, though you don't know whether you'll be the one to vanquish the end boss of each area and thus secure your humanity.

Is it any good?

This action game might seem simple, but the fast-paced action will keep you and your friends playing round after round for a long time. Although the game is exceedingly straightforward, there's a great tutorial to teach you the basics (how special moves work, how ghosts can possess traps and summon monsters). From there, you're off to the races maybe a minute or two after you've started and are enjoying the madcap goofy fun of the game. With only two buttons you need to worry about, the game never gets complicated or confusing. But it does remain hectic -- in a good way.

It's hard to find fault with Crawl, as the game has wisely kept its scope and ambitions in check. Which isn't at all to imply it's a simplistic or mindless game -- it's just that it does what it wants to do very well and knows better than to add any fat. With each session typically lasting 30 or 40 minutes, it's the perfect game to scratch an itch and (if you so choose) sink an afternoon or evening on. It's like good playground fun, played indoors and with your friends (or bots, if you so choose). 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is one of the most violent acts imaginable OK in a playful context? Certainly you've heard about people being upset about violent video games; what do you think? When is violence OK, and when is it not? Why?

  • Is it more fun to play games like this against humans you know than artificial intelligence bots taking on those same roles? What about playing against humans you know versus strangers online? Why?

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