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Mission US: Flight to Freedom

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Riveting sim where choices decide fate of enslaved teen.

Game Mac , Windows 2012
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Misguided & Detrimental

History is made up of a collection of choices. The legacies of our choices remain with us today. This game on the other hand communicates that if slaves had just made the right choices, they too could have been free. It distorts and manipulates history and takes the responsibility of enalavement, abuse, and the opportunity for emancipation out of the hands of white officials- who were the ones with that power. Celebrating bravery and courage is important. Slaves who ran for their freedom were brave. Slaves who didn't were brave. This game sends inaccurate, damaging messages about how/why freedom was obtained.

Is It Any Good?

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Mission US: Flight to Freedom is a powerful and compelling simulation about one girl's attempt to flee slavery and reach freedom. It requires kids to make some difficult decisions in a gaming world where there are no right or wrong answers. Unlike in some simulations, the choices aren't obvious, and what seems like a reasonable decision could have very negative consequences. The result is an ongoing sense of peril, especially for kids who are able to relate in some way to the lead character. Because no simulation can or should adequately convey the full depth of slavery or the escape to freedom, this shouldn't serve as a stand-alone experience. But when it's paired with a strong curriculum unit -- or discussions and research as a family -- Flight to Freedom has the ability to humanize the people of the time and can serve as a springboard for further learning and conversation.

The experience can go even deeper as you replay with different choices. Since your decisions result in different "badges," or personality traits, they can subtly or radically change Lucy's fate. Kids can experience how each choice they make can impact Lucy's life, a lesson that's valuable even beyond the constraints of the activity. Although "fun" isn't the right word to describe the simulation, it's certainly engaging in a way that typical history lessons aren't. This means that kids will connect more deeply with the subject matter and gain a greater understanding of the challenges of the time. Mission US: Flight to Freedom also offers a complete set of teacher materials, including activities, historical context, vocabulary, and primary sources, which make it useful for school and after-school programs as well.

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