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Raz is taught to deal with his fears (albeit sometimes in a humorous way), but some questionable things are presented in the name of fun -- such as burning animals.
Violence & Scariness
Raz can use a number of attacks to damage or kill enemies: He can "shoot" them with pyschic blasts; use pyrokinesis to start fires, and telekinesis to throw objects or enemies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One child is determined to "see the ladies" through a peephole in the camp cabin. When Raz enquires further, the child advises Raz that his parents let him see R-rated movies and that he knows a lot more than Raz about these things.
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Minor profane language used sporadically.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Agent Nein is briefly shown smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is witty, creative, and at times extremely funny. But its scary-looking, bizarre, and sometimes cruel characters make it inappropriate for younger children. There are also some references to tobacco use and some negative social behaviors that are encouraged by adult characters.
Is It Any Good?
Psychonauts deserves praise for its original story and interesting character development, along with some engaging puzzles. It is filled with psychological terms: For example, players need to find the luggage tags to pieces of "emotional baggage," or they need to clear out "mental cobwebs" while avoiding "personal demons." But it can be dark and disturbing. This is a good choice for teens (and parents) looking for a change of pace.
The characters, while cartoons, are creepy-looking and usually pretty odd, and the camp bullies are mean and cruel. Adult role models do not always send a positive message: A camp director tells Raz he should use his ability to ignite objects only when it's really important -- or entertaining. Characters soon learn that they can cause all sorts of objects to start on fire, including animals. After igniting a squirrel or seagull, Raz makes distasteful comments like, "You had that coming" or, "See you in hell."
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