Hitman Go: Definitive Edition

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzles turn action game into logical chess matches.

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

Positive Messages

To accomplish goals, you sometimes have to be smart, think ahead.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "hero" is an assassin who uses his brains to kill people.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

Though you play as an assassin, there's no blood, gore in this puzzler.

Sex

A woman in a pool is wearing a sexy bikini.

Language

Like his regular games, Agent 47 is a man of few words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters shown holding, but not smoking, cigarettes, cigars; others shown holding, but not drinking, beverages that look like alcoholic cocktails.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hitman Go: Definitive Edition is a strategic downloadable puzzle game where you play as a highly trained assassin tasked with killing specific people. But, since it's set up like a board game, there's no blood, shooting, or really any violence; instead, it's like chess, where the player "kills" by moving to a spot where someone is standing, which sends them flying off the board. There are also characters wearing bikinis, others with cigars or cigarettes in their hands, and still others holding beverages that look like they're cocktails, though no one does anything sexual or appears to smoke or drink.

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What's it about?

Because it's a puzzle game, HITMAN GO: DEFINITIVE EDITION doesn't have a story. Instead, it's a series of scenarios where the assassin Agent 47 has to move along points on various pathways so he can take out his target, escape the area, or do both. But though these puzzles are based on events from previous Hitman games and the boards are clearly airports, mansions, or other obvious locations, there are no narrative elements.

Is it any good?

An updated version of the popular mobile game, this clever and strategic puzzle game is as intellectually challenging as it is clever. Set up like a board game, it has you, as Agent 47, embarking on a series of assassination missions. But, unlike in the regular games, Hitman Go is played like a cross between a board game and chess. Using only the left thumbstick, you have to figure out where to move Agent 47 along specific points on different lines so he can take out his targets, retrieve a briefcase, or just get away. As the game progresses, you not only face additional hazards, including more guards, but you also acquire new tricks such as plants you can hide in, as well as rocks, tennis balls, and empty soda cans that can catch the attention of enemies. And though the game gets increasingly more difficult, it also gets increasingly more clever in how intricate these boards are designed. Which is why this is as much for fans of chess, strategy, and puzzles as it is for those who love the regular Hitman games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Though not violent per se, this still has you killing people, so how does that affect how you feel about the game?

  • Talk about being careful. Why is it important to take your time and be cautious?

  • Discuss planning ahead. This game requires you to think about where you're going to move, so how can being aware of your surroundings help you in life?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: February 22, 2016
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Alcohol and Tobacco Reference

For kids who love puzzles

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