Never Alone: Ki Edition

Game review by Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Violent, beautiful Native tale with young, strong heroine.

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age 9+

Beautiful graphics, great Indigenous story

Beautifully illustrated game, intriguing use of Indigenous language and clever 'puzzles' to navigate to get to the end. We liked that this game is better played with a friend which seemed to underline the implicit message of collaborating and working together. Our child is squeamish about things that are scary but was not at all put off by the virtual threat of polar bears and mean antagonists. It's worth nothing that Never Alone, was developed in collaboration with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (which is a kudos not all games featuring Indigenous characters can claim). It also won best debut at the British Academy Games Awards in 2015 according to CBC.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Nature vs. Nurture

A game, movie, book, etc. may have violence in it without being violent in nature. Such is this game. While there is lots of violence in it (mainly directed at the protagonists), it is not a violent game. While we haven't finished the game yet, what we have played is beautiful and heartwarming, and often tragic (deaths can be common, and are not played down). It may not win any awards for design, but its art and story teach and uplift while being moved along well by the gameplay. Too few games have stories like these. Because the gameplay and story complement each other so beautifully, it gets five stars from me.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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