Seasons After Fall

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Artistically beautiful journey needs guidance during play.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Your goal is to harness power of seasons to save forest; your guide is always there with words of encouragement, positive reinforcement.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You're a heroic character working with nature toward positive goal. The narrator, your guide, is a positive force to push you to do better.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; puzzles not hard, but very little guidance to point you in right direction, keep you on right track.

Violence

You run, jump while exploring forest but never actually face any enemies. You use your brain to solve puzzles, not your brawn to fight anything.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seasons After Fall is a downloadable 2D platform puzzler. There's no violence or danger in the game, since the little fox character you control can't get hurt. It's an easy game to pick up and play but also a game that's easy to get lost in, since there's never much to tell you where you need to go. This could frustrate some kids, especially younger ones who can't figure out what to do next.

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What's it about?

SEASONS AFTER FALL casts players in the role of a magical seedling sent to recover the four fragments of the seasons from their forest guardians. Since being a seed doesn't lend a lot of physical support to the task at hand, you're given control of a young fox to move through and interact with the forest. While on this journey, players will use the power of the seasons to alter the world around them, whether it's freezing lakes to run across or using the autumn winds to ride leaves to higher ground. By manipulating the seasons, you'll be able to interact with the world in different ways and discover new paths to explore while trying to keep the forest safe.

Is it any good?

There's always been a debate about whether or not video games can really be considered works of art. Then one comes along with a look and a sound that takes your breath away, settling that debate. Seasons After Fall is one of those games. It's easy to see that a lot of care went into the game's presentation, and it's easy to get lost in the world the game creates. Kids, in particular, will fall in love with the little fox as he runs through the forest. If it was based solely on presentation, Seasons After Fall would be a very calming and relaxing cartoon.

The problem is that this is still a game, and it's the gaming part of it that gets frustrating. One of the hardest things about Seasons After Fall is trying to figure out exactly where you're supposed to go. It's not that the game's puzzles are difficult, but just finding them is a pain. There's not much guidance to help direct you. Since you're already supposed to backtrack throughout the forest, using the seasonal powers to get somewhere new, it makes things more infuriating when you make a long trek to an area and realize that you don't have what the game needs right then. Plus, even as gorgeous as the scenery is, the areas blend together in such a way that you might find yourself going in circles for a while before realizing you missed one little jump. It might be confusing and even irritating at times, but that doesn't mean Seasons After Fall isn't something special that deserves to be checked out and enjoyed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the changes in the seasons. What are some of the ways that changes in the seasons affect our lives and the world around us?

  • Talk about working with nature. Why is it important to help preserve natural habitats, and what are some ways we can work with nature instead of against it?

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