A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gameplay focuses around two characters working together to get through their environments and solve problems.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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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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.
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.
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