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By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beautiful co-op tale of friendship and teamwork.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Lovely 2 player co operative game

Pode is a great game for kids, with relatively easy controls. Both characters play on the same screen and help each other to solve puzzles. Although I think the game is certainly suitable for age 6 or 7 up, the puzzles do get progressively harder. We are half way through the game and my 6 and 9 year old play it together with the 9 year old able to work out the puzzles so far and help direct the 6 year old. My 6 year old has needed help with the controller timing some jumps. It's a really sweet game with a lot of character to it. Its a lot of fun and my kids have been really happy playing the game, giggling between themselves when making the characters doing silly things. It's good for learning, with a lot of thinking about how the characters use their own abilities to solve different parts of each puzzle.

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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There are plenty of games where you can compete with or against your buddies for dominance, but few and far between are the gaming experiences you can truly share with a friend. Pode, though, is one of those rare gems, a relaxing non-competitive puzzler that's best enjoyed with a friend by your side. The game's music and art design create a serene experience that's a stark contrast to the high-stress, competitive nature of most co-op games. The fun comes from working together, thinking out solutions for getting from Point A to Point B, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with moving forward. Sure, the game can be played alone, with a single player switching roles between Bulder and Glo on the fly, but the camaraderie and teamwork between two actual players, mirrored by the friendship and cooperation of the on-screen duo, is a big part of the magic of the game.

Pode is, at its core, a very simple puzzle game. Each character interacts with the environment in its own unique way. As a rock, Bulder affects mineral deposits on the ground and moves freely through pools of water, while the fallen star Glo can uncover things hidden in the shadows and cause plants to grow. There's a gradual difficulty curve that keeps some challenge in the game as players progress, but it never feels so difficult that it gets frustrating. Pode also has a certain charm that's hard to ignore, with players getting emotionally invested in the journey. It's a wonderful and surprisingly striking adventure, but it becomes something truly special when shared.

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