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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rogue Legacy is a downloadable adventure title that's very challenging, yet it instills a sense of perseverance, dedication, and patience within the player as he or she fights through the randomized dungeon levels. It's easy to pick up but hard to master, and gamers will find that they will lose many characters thanks to the game's difficulty. Violence is prevalent but cartoonish, without any blood shown. Rogue Legacy can be downloaded to one of the host platforms -- Vita, PS4, or PS3; the game then saves and can be accessed on any of the other systems.
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What's it about?
ROGUE LEGACY is a side-scrolling, platform-jumping, old-school concept updated with modern terminology. It's a rogue-like game, meaning permanent character death and randomly generated levels. Each time a character dies, levels are remade for a completely new challenge, and the progeny of the starting character will avenge the death. The game has traps, platforms to navigate, a wide variety of enemies to conquer, and a massive amount of loot to collect. There are eight classes of characters with unique abilities, upgrades to skills, and runes to empower characters (flying is good, but it's limited inside the castle). Patience, planning, and solid hand-eye coordination are handy player tools in this game.
Is it any good?
Rogue Legacy is very old-school -- and therefore a bit of a history lesson for younger players. But in many ways this isn't a two-dimensional, side-scrolling platformer. The publishers have amped up the challenge and the entertainment value. Playing upside down is a hoot, and some of the other "quirks" the family tree brings to the fore can add challenges and fun to the game. The randomly generated levels ensure replayability.
Player characters will die, which requires patience when you find yourself back at the start, but this isn't entirely like starting all over. You pay coins you've acquired during previous explorations to reenter the castle, and each time you go back in, the playable hero is stronger. The different character classes add variety to the mix. This is a solid and entertaining title that will challenge, elicit laughter, and bring back fond memories for old-school gamers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about distinguishing cartoon violence from real-world violence. How can you be aware of behavior in the media that you play or watch influencing you in real life?
Talk about patience and how to plan ahead for winning results within the game. How can you use these same values in the real world to achieve desired results with daily problems?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
- Price: $14.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Cellar Door Games
- Release date: July 28, 2014
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Crude Humor
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