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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Beautiful adventure less a game than interactive poetry.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

A poetic and philosophical work of art about life and death

Journey is piece of art. It offers a unique kind of storytelling and a relatively easy adventure/puzzle gameplay. The story is told through environmental hints and the philosophical meaning of each section is blended into the overall audiovisual presentation. This is truly a game you should experience yourself.
age 5+

Brilliant !

A touching journey. Very sad and wise story.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Journey might rightly be taken as an allegory for all of the great journeys we undertake in our lives, be they physical, spiritual, or metaphorical. It’s about persevering through the hardships of a long pilgrimage. It’s about the instinctual drive to return home after time spent in far off places. It’s about discovering camaraderie in strangers who share a similar purpose. Like all art, Journey is about finding personal meaning in a swell of imagery, sound, and narrative.

Journey won’t be to all tastes. It's not a test of skill, though gamers are likely to take pleasure in the simple interface, which allows for precise control over your avatar's flowing movement. And it's not the sort of experience in which your performance is measured by something as crude as a score, though those interested can attempt to scour the game's world for hidden items and locations that will earn trophies for their PlayStation Network accounts. What it is is a fond memory waiting to happen; an experience of beauty, originality, and emotion that will leave an indelible imprint on the intellect of players mature and open-minded enough to let its magic work. More like this, please.

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