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Kena: Bridge of Spirits

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Beautiful, kindhearted adventure has a great female hero.

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Only the soggiest of wet blankets would come away from a game like this unmoved. Despite its ostensibly dark theme -- helping spirits move on from this world -- Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an exceptionally colorful, upbeat, and lighthearted play. It's anchored by Kena, a terrific new protagonist in the world of games. She's smart, strong, and courageous, but also empathetic and kindhearted. Her good nature is infectious, both among side characters she meets -- who instantly warm to her -- and among players, who are bound to feel drawn to someone so wholesome and selfless. She's a perfect fit for the game's world, a verdant landscape filled with forests and clearings, rivers and waterfalls. That part of Kena's adventure sees her restoring natural colors and life to troubled areas of this world only makes her mission feel that much more decent and worthwhile.

Of course, her peaceful probing to find the spirits she needs to help is sometimes interrupted by combat and puzzles. The battles can be challenging (don't worry, you can knock down difficulty in the menu whenever you like), but they're also satisfying, thanks to tight controls and a steady influx of new abilities -- such as transforming the staff into a bow -- that help keep players on their toes and provide new powers to master. The brainteasers may turn out to be a bit tougher for some players to deal with. You're not always given much guidance or many clues to figure out what you need to do, or even that you're in an area that requires you to put your puzzle caps on. If you get stuck, chances are you need to start thinking differently, using all of Kena's skills and magic to figure out what you should do or where you need to go. If the occasionally cryptic puzzles don't turn you off, there's not much else that will. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fine adventure with a refreshingly upbeat vibe, gorgeous graphics, and a great new video game hero.

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