Furi

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Violent, tough boss fights put skills to ultimate test.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages: It's a tale of revenge, a string of murders.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even though you're portrayed as walking a noble path, Instead of being more thoughtful, cool-headed, all you do is cross blades, guns with enemies, lay them to waste. 

Ease of Play

This is a challenging game with a steep learning curve.

Violence

Even though fights are brutal, intense, they're somewhat cartoonish although intended to look, feel realistic.

Sex
Language

"F--k" regularly throughout game.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Furi is a downloadable action game. There's some frequent adult language in its dialogue, mainly through "f--k" being said repeatedly. It's not exactly kid-friendly, either; the action revolves around extremely challenging boss fights, which are presented almost like Western showdowns. The fights can be brutal and intense, but the cartoonish presentation limits some of the impact.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick August 31, 2016

Challenging game for All Ages. Unaltered Switch version is rated T. I think the reviewer meant to click 8 but accidentally tapped 1 first

Bloodless Star Wars violence, 1 F word ("That really f--ks you up inside"). Megaman is very hard and thats rated E.
Teen, 14 years old Written byfallen07 April 30, 2017

It's good

Furi is a ''boss rush'' game, meaning there are only bosses and nothing else, no generic goons, no puzzles, just combat, the only thing that... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTeenFilmScholar August 8, 2017

Violent But Near Perfect Game Is Plagued By Difficulty and Repetition

Furi is a wonderful example of style winning over substance. The fighting looks undeniably cool, and the music, which is done by some of the top retrowave produ... Continue reading

What's it about?

FURI kicks off with these words on-screen: "The jailer is the key. Kill him, and you'll be free." This is the constant refrain of the story, which is reinforced every time you start the game. You play an imprisoned warrior who's trying to escape, but that's all you know. Standing in your way are a series of opposing jailers with their own backstories that somehow parallel your own, as told to you by a strange cyberrabbit-man. You'll only begin to piece together what the game is really about as it draws to a close. 

Is it any good?

This action title is an acquired taste, because unlike other recent, similarly difficult games such as Dark Souls, this brutal game does away with questing or exploring in favor of fighting. The gameplay only features boss fights, and if you don't know that going in, it may take you a while to come around to understanding what it's really about. Rather than have you worry about managing inventory or what order to do what quests in, Furi boils down to a test of your skills that defy you to get better. And that, honestly, will take some time.

Expect to die and start over on each boss again and again. Although this sounds incredibly frustrating, if you're in the right mindset, it crosses over into exhilaration. Why? Because unlike many other games that are also brutally hard, Furi doesn't cheat. Anytime you get hit or you lose a match, it's your own fault and an indication there's something about your technique you need to refine. Then again, the game offers only a paltry tutorial in the context of your first boss fight -- so the only way you'll get better is by making a concentrated effort to learn. Of course, not all games are for everyone, but for what Furi is, it's a focused and challenging blast. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games such as Furi. Why do games, books, movies, TV shows, and plays so often feature plots dealing with revenge?

  • Talk about difficulty. Why would someone prefer an exacting and brutal video game over a more casual experience?

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