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Cross of the Dutchman

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Brief brawler with historic, cultural twist, mild violence.

Game Mac , Windows 2015
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The larger-than-life tale of Pier Gerlofs Donia is almost tailor-made for a video game. The Dutch folk hero supposedly stood more than seven feet tall and would swing a blade with one hand that most men couldn't lift with two. But most people outside the Netherlands likely have never heard his story. Cross of the Dutchman uses this to great advantage, taking more than a few lighthearted liberties with history. It's good for a few laughs when characters explain to Pier (and the player) things such as Life and Stamina bars, breaking the fourth wall to the player but leaving Pier confused. Lots of other tongue-in-cheek moments make for fun entertainment but don't exactly support the historic accuracy of the story.

There's a lot of running around, getting from quest to quest, with little to do in between. When you do finally run into some action, the combat feels somewhat off. Clicking on enemies is about all you can do to control Pier's fighting. Lots of times, even though you're clicking on an enemy, Pier swings wildly and completely misses your target. Despite this frustration, Cross of the Dutchman is still generally fun, but unfortunately it's also a relatively short experience. This wouldn't necessarily be much of an issue if not for the fact that the game takes a while to really build any sort of momentum. As a result, by the time you really start to get invested in the story and the characters, it's all but finished.

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