Parents' Guide to

Elderand

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Retro side-scrolling action game has lots of blood and gore.

Elderand logo, with white text on a horned red mask.

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This one is not for the faint of heart. Not only is Elderand surprisingly bloody for a 2D action game, it's also extraordinarily challenging. Nearly any enemy in the game can make quick work of your little adventurer if you fail to approach the encounter with caution. Each enemy has a set of patterns for movement and attack that players will need to work out and quickly recognize in order to reliably defeat them over and over. Fail, and it can be game over in seconds. The good news is that the controls are intuitive, tight, and responsive -- though that also means players don't have much to blame other than their own inadequate skill when they die. Thankfully, save points are fairly frequent, so you never really feel like you're losing much progress.

What could prove even more frustrating for some is the amount of backtracking players are forced to do -- a common feature of so-called "Metroidvania" games. While exploring the labyrinthian world, you'll frequently encounter dead ends and obstacles you can't yet bypass, forcing you to retreat for now and eventually find your way back when you have the ability needed to progress. Along the way, you'll find yourself frequently fighting respawned enemies which, as already discussed, are rarely easy to defeat. Elderand is a good game for its kind, but its difficulty and creaky design may turn off players who didn't grow up playing the sorts of adventures from which it took inspiration.

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