Jane Austen's Rogues & Romance

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Hidden object game puts wacky spin on classic novels.
  • Facebook
  • Free with Microtransactions
  • 2012

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about Jane Austen's Victorian England by observing the language, fashion, and social customs of the game's characters. Kids can also expand their reading comprehension and vocabulary by reading the story (written in a way that mimics Austen's writing style), and unlocking actual excerpts from Austen's novels. Kids work efficiently to achieve goals by completing multi-part quests, such as stringing together combo chains in hidden object puzzles and finishing them within a certain time limit. This literary hidden object game could easily serve as a jumping-off point to explore Austen's novels.

Positive Messages

Players try to help Jane Austen restore order to her novels after the characters in it "rebel" and start rewriting the stories.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are flighty socialites for the most part. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are motivated by good intentions despite their "disobedient" actions in trying to change the plots of Austen's novels.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to learn and play. Players have unlimited hints, and can switch to full-screen mode to make objects larger and easier to see. Many of the quests require concentration and dexterity, such as finding all the objects in less than 60 seconds.

Violence
Sex

Romantic love is a central plot theme; however, there is absolutely nothing graphic or suggestive in the game's straight-laced Victorian story. Elizabeth even refers to her husband formally as "Mr. Darcy."

Language
Consumerism

Players can spend real-world cash on a premium currency that allows them to instantly unlock quests or replenish the energy bar.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the hidden objects to find include a wine glass, beer stein, and tobacco pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jane Austen's Rogues & Romance is a hidden object Facebook game featuring the characters and settings of five of Jane Austen's classic novels. The game is free to play, but players can spend real-world money to speed things up by instantly completing quests. As a reward, players can unlock excerpts from the novels read out loud by a voice actress. There is no objectionable content, but since it is on Facebook, you must be age 13 to play.

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What's it about?

The plot of JANE AUSTEN'S ROGUES AND ROMANCE is a surreal literary mash-up in which two of the characters of Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice -- Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy -- have \"escaped\" from the pages of their book and are running amok in four of Austen's other novels, interacting with the other characters and attempting to change the endings of the stories. Players will help Austen try to put things right by completing hidden object scenes based on the settings of Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Players unlock new scenes and power-ups as they complete quests, and earn cash to decorate a Victorian-style manor.

Is it any good?

Rogues and Romance's mystery story is rife with social intrigue and flowery Victorian dialog, capturing the tone of a Jane Austen novel and providing players with motivation to keep playing in the hope of finding out what happens next. The hidden object scenes, however, require some suspension of disbelief as players search for objects like saxophones, maracas, and dentures in scenes that are supposed to reflect Victorian England. Despite being a little rough around the edges, Rogues and Romance is a decent free hidden object game that might spark an interest in Jane Austen's books.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Victorian fashion, such as top hats and corsets. How is Victorian fashion still influencing modern fashion today?

  • Families can also talk about historical accuracy in games. Which objects in the hidden objects scenes would actually be out of place in Victorian England?

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