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Surviving the Aftermath

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming simulation tasks players with rebuilding society.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Surviving the Aftermath is an upcoming downloadable strategy simulation for Windows PCs. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic future after a series of cataclysmic events reduces the world to rubble. At first, players will define the game's setting, and how severe the challenge will be, such as how fertile the soil is for growing crops, how many environmental catastrophes (like meteor strikes and heat waves) still occur, and how many resources you'll start with. You'll receive a visual indicator of how challenging it will be to successfully survive, with experienced players (or those wanting a significant challenge) facing an 83% failure rate on the hardest difficulty. From there, they'll select a starting group of three survivors that are known as specialists because of their skills, like scavenging, being a scientist, or being a fighter. These characters will be tasked with founding the colony and exploring the world, gathering resources to construct buildings, grow crops, and secure their location. As more items are built, other survivors will approach your camp, hoping to join your group for safety and the promise of a better life. This life will be harder than it sounds, because players will have to deal with problems like radioactive ground and waste that can poison citizens, aggressive wildlife that will attack anyone that comes nearby, and raiders that will assault your gates and try to drag people away into slavery. Players will also have quests that they can undertake, ranging outside of the walls of their settlement to the surrounding territory to perform tasks, interact with other communities, and acquire resources. They'll also be able to research technology and additional colony enhancements to make your settlement stronger. While there's violence when animals or raiders attack, the top-down perspective limits the impact of these sequences, and players won't really see blood as a result of fights. Discussions of slavery, the aftermath of raids or disease on other settlements does occur. Aside from that, there isn't any inappropriate content in the game.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $24.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Paradox Interactive
  • Release date: December 31, 2021
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: October 22, 2020

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