Parents' Guide to

Spirits of Xanadu

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Horror adventure shooter fires more than a few blanks.

Game Windows 2015
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Spirits of Xanadu is a simple game that struggles with controls (they're clunky, and it's hard to target quickly) during the shooting elements. At least it allows gamers to play the game the way they want. If shooting at robots isn't your thing, the "Peaceful" setting lets players simply explore the game's puzzles and solve the mystery of what befell the crew members. Unfortunately, the game is short (taking about three or four hours to complete), and despite having three endings, replaying isn't necessary. Plus, the visuals are a clear throwback to older titles and aren't impressive or distinctive enough to keep a player's attention.

The upside of the game is that the story and exploration elements are fairly good, and the player starts to challenge everything he or she knows when whatever madness that gripped the crew begins to infringe on the reality of the lone explorer's vision. This is a very nice touch, and though it provides the horror elements, it also gives the game some slight depth. Overall, Spirits of Xanadu is an unimpressive experience. It offers a nice, short exploration game with some horror and puzzle elements, but the significant number of flaws in the gameplay and the visuals keep this from being an enjoyable adventure.

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