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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The gist of the plot is for Suri to run, jump, and fight past obstacles and enemies on her long walk home from school. She gets the help of some ghostly entities from Indonesian folklore, though it's mainly just trying to get Suri home and maybe helping preserve the forest she's stuck in while she's at it.
Positive Role Models
Suri seems like a unique character, as do the ghosts that aid her on her way. Unfortunately, there's very little in the way of character development and what the game does have is surprisingly dark for such a seemingly lighthearted story.
Ease of Play
Controls are an absolute wreck, causing more failures and deaths than any enemy you might encounter. There's little to no help in figuring out the mechanics, and the platforming elements aren't well designed, causing more frustration than entertainment.
Violence & Scariness
Suri fights by swinging her lantern at enemies such as robots, bugs, and other odd creatures. There's no blood or gore, and defeated enemies generally just disappear from the screen, clearing the path to continue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters and entities are shown in a sexualized manner, with low cut or short outfits showing off an exaggerated amount of cleavage.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the characters is regularly shown smoking a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghost Parade is an action/adventure platform game available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. Players control a young girl navigating a haunted forest to find her way home. They can find and team up with thirty different ghost companions, each of which is based on or inspired by Indonesian folklore. Players can use a lamp to hit bugs, robots, and other creatures out of her way, and these enemies disappear when defeated without blood or gore. But parents should know that the controls can be awkward at times, leading to frustrating gameplay sessions. Also, some female characters are shown with revealing outfits and one character is shown regularly smoking a cigarette.
Is It Any Good?
People say that looks aren't everything, and they're absolutely right. If they were, then Ghost Parade would be a spectacular piece of work. There's no denying that the colorful adventure has a certain whimsical fun to its art style and it's an absolute treat for the eyes. Unfortunately, this isn't some static piece of art hanging on display. Peel away its colorful exterior and look at it as the game it's supposed to be and, well, the whole things comes crashing down into an almost unplayable and certainly unenjoyable mess.
Challenge in a video game can be a lot of fun. Some of the most entertaining games on the market are difficult by design. The key words there, though, are "by design." Ghost Parade isn't trying to be difficult. The problem is nearly ever gameplay element feels like it's meant to work against the player. The controls, for example, are anything but precise. This alone can be a death knell in a platform adventure like Ghost Parade. There's nothing more frustrating than dying over and over again because you're meant to make a near perfect jump, but can't because the controls are so bad, you'd have better luck playing blindfolded. Of course, that only comes into play after you figure out exactly what you're supposed to be doing. That's a pain because the game doesn't bother to explain anything until well into the story. All of this, plus the occasional technical bug or design snafu, makes Ghost Parade a scary title to play for all the wrong reasons.
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