My Memory of Us

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Charming, challenging, slow-paced action promotes teamwork.

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Positive Messages

Gameplay focuses around two characters working together to get through their environments and solve problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Only by working together can a young boy and girl can get through the game's world. But this task sometimes requires them to steal and sneak into places they don't belong.

Ease of Play

While the game has simple controls, there's a complexity to the puzzles that makes progress rather challenging.

Violence

The kids use light to temporarily blind people, and are sometimes threatened by gun-totin' robots. No blood or gore's shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Memory of Us is a downloadable side-scrolling action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. While it doesn't have any blood or gore, it does show its heroes — two young children — in peril, including from gun-totin' robots who look like Nazis. The kids also steal things, break into places they shouldn't, and use light to temporarily blind people. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

In MY MEMORY OF US, the owner of a bookstore recalls a story about how, when he was a young boy, he and his female friend had to work together to survive during an invasion of Nazi-looking robots. While this sounds scary, this side-scrolling action game is actually far more adorable than scary with its art direction and gameplay. Controlling both kids, you have to sneak around, climb over obstacles, and solve such problems as how to get all the apples from a tree (when not trying to get away from nasty robots, that is).

Is it any good?

Though it can be a little slow and has challenging puzzles, this side-scrolling action game is so charming that it makes up for its small flaws. In My Memory of Us, a small boy and a girl have team up to solve problem and get around town, often while avoiding some Nazi-looking robots. Playing as both kids (who you can switch between on the fly), players have to move them both separately and together, with each character having their own skills. The boy can be sneaky and use a mirror to temporarily blind people, while the girl can run or use a slingshot. Along with figuring out how to get around and solving problems, the game also has you solving situational clever, challenging puzzles that require both cooperation and collaboration.

As adorable and clever as it may be, though, it can be a little slow going, thanks to its overly relaxed vibe. This is less of a problem and more just something you need to be in the right mood for. It also, for no real reason, shuns established controls. To climb, for instance, you press up on the thumbstick instead as hitting a button. It's nothing you won't get used to after a bit, but it's also nothing that wouldn't work the regular way, either. Especially since, in other instances, you do use a button to jump. Even with these issues, though, the clever mechanics, spare use of color, and beautifully fitting music make My Memory of Us an engaging action game that marries the spirit of old school games with the charm of a European art film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cooperation and teamwork. In My Memory of Us, the boy and the girl have to take turns and work together to solve problems, but why do you think this is a good lesson for young kids?

  • Is it okay to do something in a game you would never do in real life? Do you understand the difference between reality and fiction?

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