Hue

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bright, colorful action game tests reflexes, puzzle skills.

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

Positive Messages

Success comes through both split-second timing, careful planning.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Game's hero is trying to rescue his mom.

Ease of Play

Mostly uses typical platforming controls but doesn't do a good job explaining basics for newcomers.

Violence & Scariness

Players are crushed by boulders, land on spikes, but there's no blood, gore.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hue is an adorable downloadable side-scrolling platform game. While the hero does get killed and can be crushed by boulders or impaled on spikes, there's no blood, gore, or even cursing. But very young players may be upset by the story, in which our hero has to rescue his missing mom.

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What's it about?

In HUE, you play as a kid from a mostly monochromatic world who has to rescue his mom after she changes color to one that's invisible to people. As you progress and pick up letters from your mom, you learn how she got into this predicament, as well as the fact that she loves you -- Hue -- very, very much.

Is it any good?

Though based on familiar side-scrolling, platforming mechanics, this adorable platformer gets inventive by adding a colorful element to the proceedings. In Hue, you play a kid who lives in a mostly black-and-white world. But by changing the background color, anything of that color on the screen disappears, which can reveal or hide parts of the world that were previously unseen. So, for instance, if your path is blocked by some blue bricks, simply turn the color wheel to blue, and the bricks will disappear (although this can also change the world). If some boulders are being held in place by an orange wall, and you change the background to orange, the wall will disappear, allowing the boulders to fall. While this challenges your intellect like a puzzle game, it will also test your reflexes, as you'll often have to change colors in mid-jump to make sure you land on a platform instead of a bunch of spikes. There's even a special mode for those who are colorblind, which assigns icons to items of the same color. But while Hue doesn't always explain its basic controls well, it kind of assumes you've played this kind of game before and will know which button will make you jump. It's clever and inventive in a way that will challenge your mind as well as your reflexes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about thinking things through. Why is it important in this game to think about what you're going to do before you do it? How can you apply that to your everyday life?

  • Talk about loyalty. Why is it important to be loyal to people you've promised to be loyal to?

  • Discuss physical fitness. The hero of this game has to do a lot of running and jumping, but does it make you want to go outside and exercise?

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