Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Replayable yet generic old-school adventure game.

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

Positive Messages

The storyline lays out that the band of heroes is fighting to restore their land, but that detail's lost in the gameplay. 

Positive Role Models

The characters are a mix of male and female, but there's little ethnic diversity. 

Ease of Play

The play mechanics are easy enough to grasp, but the game does offer a suitable challenge during play.

Violence & Scariness

It's a hack and slash game with lots of hand to hand and ranged weapons, but the retro graphics and top-down perspective limits the impact of the violence.

Language
Consumerism

This game's based off the Oceanhorn franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon is a downloadable old-school adventure game for Apple Arcade. It's also based off the popular Oceanhorn franchise. The gameplay's designed for up to four players, and harkens back to the 16-bit era of hack and slash games. In these kinds of games, explorers delve deeper into a dungeon, fight a variety of enemies and dodging traps, and face off against an especially challenging boss. Players will use hand to hand and ranged weapons to attack opponents, but the top-down perspective and retro visuals limits the impact of the combat. Otherwise, there's no sexuality, foul language, or other inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

In OCEANHORN: CHRONOS DUNGEON, a band of four adventurers embark on a journey to restore their lost world to its formal glory, which means having to fight their way through a crowded dungeon to achieve their goal. The hero types are familiar -- knight, mage, huntress (armed with bow and arrow) and Grandmaster (armed with a pike) -- and the enemies are fairly standard for this kind of adventure. Players will kill them to gather coins and smash crates for additional cash, food (to replenish health) and potions, which can help you move faster or cause more damage. The game can be played by solo (who can switch between the four characters) or up to four people at once. Also, each dungeon level reconfigures itself for each playthrough, giving the game some longevity once it's completed. 

Is it any good?

There's some things to like about this retro-influenced adventure, but not a lot to love. Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon does a good job at replicating the 16-bit adventure games of the early- to mid-90s and is something that can be enjoyed by one to four people. And the randomized layouts of the dungeons make it especially interesting for players who like to revisit levels. But for all of the good qualities, the game doesn't really stand out from the countless other hack-and-slash adventure games that are on the market. There's nothing especially enthralling about the story (unless you're deep, deep into the lore of the series). The heroes are generic, without any character development that takes place over the course of the adventure. And the voiceover is a bit cheesy. It's the sort of game that's a lot of fun to play for an hour or two, but much longer than that and you'll find your attention wandering. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about working together. How do Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon's heroes fight enemies as a team vs. in solo play? What's the obvious difference in how combat is handled?

  • Does a good game need realistic graphics to draw you in, or can it rely upon gameplay and mechanics to keep people interested?

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