Parents' Guide to

Octopath Traveler

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Deep, challenging tale will keep you playing for hours.

Game Nintendo Switch 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Great for younger statisticians who are mature enough for sexual innuendo.

The game is a love-letter to classic RPGs of the SNES era as the CSM review states. I would like to point out, however, there is more sexual innuendo in the game than the review let's on. In the very beginning of the game, the dancer character is sexually objectified multiple times and sexually harassed and assaulted by numerous non-playable male characters. I have all boys at home and think this may still be a bit too much even for my almost 15 year old. It's up to you how mature you think your son or daughter is in this situation.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much sex
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age 16+

This is NOT a kids game

One of the main characters in the game starts in a place where she is being abused by her boss, with heavy references to implied unconsentual "relations". Later her friend, another woman in the same situation, is violently murdered in front of her. When she finally kills her boss, his death scene is played out in detail (no blood but lots of dying noises). Imo this should have been rated M.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (4):

While this massive adventure takes some time to get into, the excellent story and deep gameplay will keep you exploring and fighting through its amazing world for dozens of hours. The turn-based combat in Octopath Traveler provides lots of depth: Players have different items and spells to use, combo attacks and chained moves, defensive maneuvers, and a Boost mode to unleash an even greater attack or give aid to allies. Players will have to determine which attacks are most effective on which enemies (e.g., considering vulnerabilities to fire or ice blasts). While combat starts off at a reasonable difficulty, it ramps up quickly -- boss fights can crush you quickly if you don't have a stockpile of healing and protective items. Couple this with the lack of health bars for enemies, forcing you to guess how much damage each will take to be defeated, and you'll quickly realize that this is a seriously tough game.

While you're roaming through towns, the countryside, and caves, you'll meet many people who may ask you to do something for them or join your party, and all your decisions will have lasting effects on the storyline. There are love interests, revenge-laden story paths, and tales of friendship, family, and loyalty. The dialogue can be pretty cheesy, including dramatic voice acting that might make you roll your eyes. And during combat, the lines you hear grow repetitive. But between the many characters you can play, deep turn-based gameplay, and huge environments to explore, Octopath Traveler is a great pocket-sized game from one of the best developers in the business. Players who love classic RPGs on Nintendo Game Boy or Nintendo 3DS will fall for the charm of this well-crafted, smoothly executed adventure.

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