By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Role-playing tale explores family, but weak plot falls flat.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn strategic thinking and time management, as well as lessons about how actions taken now can directly affect future generations. The action is engaging thanks to the animated style and ever-changing environments, which helps to keep the gameplay fresh and unexpected during each session. There's an active community as well, providing hints, tips, and strategies for players, which can help players formulate tactics during play. Hero Generations places a fun new spin on the concept that even the simplest choice made in your life could have massive implications for future generations in your family.
Encourages strategic planning while teaching the lasting effects of choices, the legacy they leave behind.
Positive Role Models
Generations of heroes "raised" by the player build communities, develop strong familial ties.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple, easy to learn, but menu navigation is vague without ways to quit current game.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon-style with slashing effects in turn-based combat. But damage is shown with minor cuts, scars on characters' faces.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though no overt sexuality, characters find "mates" to have children, continue their legacies.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Building upgrades include option to build taverns.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hero Generations is a downloadable, turn-based role-playing game (RPG) where players guide adventurers through their short life spans to build a lasting legend over generations. Basic strategic thinking and planning are required to collect resources, build and upgrade structures, and complete certain quest goals, all while making sure to find a mate to continue your familial legacy. Violence in the game is limited to slashing attacks during turn-based play, although cuts and scars are shown on each character's face when damage is received.
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What’s It About?
HERO GENERATIONS is a turn-based RPG where each turn of the game represents one year of your hero's total life span. Growing through the ages, your hero will fight, love, and seek fame as an adventurer, leaving behind a legacy to pass on to his or her children. Those children will, in turn, go forth into the world they've inherited to make their own names and add to that legacy.
Is It Any Good?
Hero Generations can best be described as a sort of "RPG lite." With every turn chipping away a full year from your character's life, you're literally planning out your life with every step. You have to make sure your aging adventurer finds fame, fortune, and true love (or a reasonable facsimile) in time to pass on what's been learned and built to his or her offspring. With time being of the essence, there's not a lot of room to cram in deep plot lines or character development. The result is an experience that hovers somewhere between classic RPG and speed chess.
Though the game has a fairly basic presentation, it still manages to have a fun personality. Controls are pretty straightforward: Click, move, action, repeat. The game's biggest obstacle is that it's almost too basic for its own good. Quests and goals are little more than bullet points, sometimes a bit too vague and always spotlighting the game's anemic plot. Despite this, Hero Generations is still a fun, if repetitive, time sink that gives players a chance to create their own heroic destinies for themselves and their families.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the actions we make today affect future generations. How do you know if your decisions or actions are the best for your future or the future of your family?
Talk about conflict. What are the benefits to avoiding potential conflicts, in the game and in real life?
How can one balance the desire for success with the desire to raise a family?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy, Self-Direction: time management
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Heart Shaped Games LLC
- Release date: April 10, 2015
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: April 5, 2019
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