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Nowhere Prophet

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Challenging, complex strategy game in a war-torn wasteland.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Leading your followers to a new land and freedom is the ultimate goal. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no obvious positive role models. The goal is simple -- get past the battles, outthink your opponent, and march across the map to freedom.

Ease of Play

The game has a user-friendly interface with tutorial help, but while it's easy to navigate, the challenges can be very intense. 

Violence

There's no blood or gore, and while cards can disappear during combat, when units are defeated on the battlefield, they merely split in half and fade away. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nowhere Prophet is a downloadable turn-based card strategy game for Windows PCs. The game's set during an apocalypse, and casts players as a leader trying to bring groups of people to safety. The strategy is easy to learn, but the gameplay is intense and unforgiving during battle. No blood or gore is shown during these sequences when characters on cards clash with each other. In fact, cards are ripped to pieces when characters are defeated. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found.

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What's it about?

In NOWHERE PROPHET, a man is called forth to be an oracle, leading outcasts across an apocalyptic wasteland in search of a better life, new hope and a mystical tomb. Blessed with a scattering of followers, players are challenged to make decisions about when to fight and when to avoid conflict. To accomplish their goals, players will build a deck for battling opponents in the wild. After each battle, players will return to their camp and change up their decks for upcoming fights. Players can also choose to select random cards to provide straight attacks or positive effects to their soldiers. If you lose your troops and your leader falls, you'll have to start all over again, because it'll quickly be game over.

Is it any good?

This strategy game will challenge your tactical skills as soon as you start, and it require you to always be on your toes when it comes to planning for battle. Nowhere Prophet is a randomly generated strategy game that features maps with different pathways to the goal, but each pathway is full of dangers. You can choose to try to avoid combat, but fighting is inevitable. That's where planning your moves and putting together your deck to maximize damage to your foes is important to your success. The other aspect that's vital is making sure that you use these cards strategically to gain the best advantage in battle. With its water-colored stylized artwork, Nowhere Prophet doesn't look realistic, but has a cartoonish presentation of an apocalypse. It stands in stark contrast to the strategic combat that's unforgiving and very challenging. You'll need to make the most out of each turn, playing the right card and using the resource points for cards wisely so you don't waste your time or put your troops in danger.

There are also choices to be made -- do you negotiate or try to sneak past a fight? If one force is attacking someone else, which side do you join? These decisions do matter and build your reputation as a leader, but even if you try to be diplomatic, you'll end up in a fight against a strong enemy that's thinking many steps ahead and will punish you for even the slightest mistake. And where Nowhere Prophet departs from other card-based strategic combat games is that losing units can actually make your leader weaker and start to lose health. This creates more pressure to be smart and to think before merely plopping down cards onto the battle map. For the strategic-hardened veteran of card- and turn-based games, Nowhere Prophet may be the next step in challenging your skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Nowhere Prophet affected by the lack of any blood and gore shown through combat? Would the violence be intensified if there was more shown than just cards being torn up?

  • How much screen time seems reasonable with when it comes to playing games like Nowhere Prophet? Can you balance playing the game with doing other things away from a screen?

Game details

  • Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
  • Price: $24.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: No More Robots
  • Release date: July 19, 2019
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: August 16, 2019

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