That Dragon, Cancer

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Profoundly moving tale of parents and terminally ill son.

Mac, Windows 2016

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Rated 13 (upsetting & distressing scenes, mature themes).

MAIN ISSUES - There is persistent, sustained tension that the two parents that feature in this story will lose their very young son to cancer. This game is in fact based on a true story, and it is revealed he did unfortunately pass away. There are very upsetting and some distressing sequences throughout the game, a few of which feature highly realistic sounds of a baby crying in pain, as well as a particularly emotional segment where players can read real-life goodbye letters and cards from people who have lost loved ones to cancer. The entire game is filled with very sombre and depressing moments, and explores some themes/subject matter which may be challenging for children. OTHER ISSUES - There are occasional mildly scary images. 13 - Suitable only for persons aged 13 years and over. Contains content not recommended for playing by any person below the age of 13.
age 11+


Very sad at the end it's very emotional

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Numinous Games
  • Release date: January 11, 2016
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: February 22, 2020

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