A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Republique is a downloadable stealth action game that's not like other titles in that genre. With its grim setting and all the foreboding guards in it, this isn't a run-and-shoot adventure. This is more of a logistical puzzle game, where you must guide the protagonist, Hope, through a facility undetected while she gathers information that both informs you as the player of the story and that can be used to progress through the game. It's a game of patience, being sneaky, and paying attention. There's no violence or inappropriate content, but the controls can sometimes frustrate players.
What's it about?
REPUBLIQUE provides a continual reminder of the dystopian setting for the game with a quote that's packed with meaning: "I used to get angry 'cause I thought my government wasn't listening to me. Now I'm angry 'cause I know they are." The game is set in an unnamed totalitarian state, within a facility named Metamorphosis, and you play Hope, a woman born in the facility long ago who seizes an opportunity to escape. You try to guide her to freedom and unravel what's been going on behind closed doors, using the environment and the regime's surveillance tools against it.
Is it any good?
In this episodic game, your mileage will vary, but it's well worth sticking with it to see how and why the game changes. For example, the first chapter is more of a primer to basic stealth play. This means getting used to using your environment to distract guards or cause diversions before moving on to the next area. Each room is truly a puzzle. In later episodes, such as the third one, you rely more on cunning in tandem with stealth -- the coolest part being when you turn the tables on the government and use intel you swipe from each guard to frame them in propaganda news reports that you create.
But the game, as it currently stands, is still a bit clunky. The controls combined with the camera angles can make navigation disorienting. This is somewhat alleviated by an improved map mode in later chapters, but gameplay can feel like you're playing a mobile game on a computer (which isn't surprising, since there is a mobile version). For example, you can click a specific point you want to go to, but Hope won't get the message, or there will be a delay in deciding whether you really can go there in that exact moment. Still, Republique's story and its easily digestible episodes (at about an hour or two each) make it a fun outing.
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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: GungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.
- Release date: February 26, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Great girl role models, Misfits and underdogs
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
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