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By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Short adventure captivates with puzzles, intriguing story.

Game Mac , Windows 2015
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Rituals is fascinating and strange, and whether a younger player will enjoy it will have everything to do with his or her patience for things that don't readily offer answers. If you enjoy piecing together context clues and puzzling over them, as you might have with Twin Peaks, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this. It lasts about an hour and encourages multiple play-throughs, as you'll undoubtedly miss stuff your first and second times through -- though, unlike other games, it's short enough that trekking through again doesn't feel like an enormous task. That alone is worth some praise.

Also worth praise is the game at large. It's so unusual yet straightforward, and the world feels both so sparse and yet fully realized (the sound design in particular -- each environment feels full even if it's been abandoned), that it's difficult not to get sucked in. The game is short, puzzling, and eerie. It's both similar to and unlike other point-and-click adventures, where the focus here is just making a few decisions and being observational enough to scoop up a handful of items -- a stark difference from earlier genre titles where you had to compulsively pick up anything not nailed down and try infinite combinations of everything everywhere to move forward. This isn't like that. This is much more thoughtful, focused, and poignant. Definitely worth a look.

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