Epistory - Typing Chronicles

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David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Colorful adventure will push typing skills to the limit.

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Positive Messages

Broader message is about empowering your creativity, seeing where it goes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The girl, her fox aren't really developed as characters, but they're loyal to one another, respectful. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Critters disappear when you type words that appear around them; no blood, gore.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Epistory - Typing Chronicles is a downloadable adventure game where typing words that appear on-screen is central to progressing and playing in general. You play as an unseen writer's muse -- here, a girl riding on a fox with many tails -- who explores a number of lands trying to rid the world of a nasty insect infestation. Visually, this is all much more whimsical than it sounds, and there's nothing at all objectionable to cause alarm or concern.

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What's it about?

EPISTORY - TYPING CHRONICLES puts players in control of a girl riding on an enormous fox with many tails who tries to rid the world of a land overrun with insects. She and it are the embodiment of an unseen writer's muse who wanders around unfolding more of the map as you clear and populate the world by typing words that pop up all around -- to give them a name or to make them go away. 

Is it any good?

This is a nice, quiet sort of game that can safely be called an action title -- it's just not the pulse-pounding, violent variety. It might build your vocabulary, but only inadvertently, as the words that pop up on-screen for you to type and dispense with are largely arbitrary and very rarely coincide with what's on-screen. This is where some of the difficulty comes from, as it creates a degree of (funny) mental dissonance -- for example, trying to understand why you're typing about oxen and livestock when all you see is a tree or a bug crawling by you. 

This is good, ultimately, because this is the sort of action game that doesn't feel the need to add lots of layers and needless complexities to hook you. True, the more words you rack up -- and the faster you type them -- the more points you accumulate, which can be spent to level up different statistics such as how quickly the fox moves or to get occasional assistance obliterating on-screen words without needing to type anything. But all these rewards streamline your experience and get you back to the meat of the game, which is walking around and typing when prompted. There are some environmental puzzles, such as whizzing around on ice fields to activate a series of switches, and deviations such as this are where the game crawls. Fortunately, these are minimal, and most of the focus is on what makes the game amusing and odd in the first place: walking around, typing, and making the simple act of churning out words quickly feel intense. That's no small feat. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "muse." Do you believe creativity is hard work alone, or does it need inspiration?

  • Why do people type? What did they do before to write down their thoughts, and how can you see technology today shifting or changing things that have been time-tested and seem to work all right as is? 

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