The Crow's Eye

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Dark adventure has disturbing themes, corny dialogue.

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

Positive Messages

Story revolves around cruel experiments being performed on human beings. Nothing positive counters that.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"Hero" is really just another victim of a sadistic scientist. No one here could be called heroic.

Ease of Play

Combination of easy controls, directed exploration, moderate difficulty puzzles make for an accessible adventure. 


First-person damage shown by a sinking health meter. Some environmental blood, aftereffects of violence. 


Sparse profanity includes "bulls--t," "f--k," "balls."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Use of syringes for healing, adrenaline. Talk about, images of alcohol. Reference to drug use in medical setting. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that THE CROW'S EYE is a downloadable horror-adventure game featuring a mad scientist performing torturous experiments on human subjects. Though little is shown of these subjects, what's shown is horrific and frequent reference is made to their suffering. Dialogue is emotionally charged and discusses unethical science, shattered families, and madness. The game also has occasional curse words such as "bulls--t" and "f--k." There also are frequent references to alcohol, cigarettes, and drug use.

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What's it about?

THE CROW'S EYE is about a young man who wakes up in an abandoned university to find he's part of some kind of medical or psychological experiment. As he searches for a way out, he uncovers a 20-year-old mystery involving unethical medical experiments and disappearing students. He also discovers that his father, an unstable private detective, was part of the investigation. The story is told through documents, recordings, and frequent radio communications by the mad genius behind the whole thing. Gameplay alternates between quiet exploration of decrepit wings of the university and moderately complex puzzle-solving.

Is it any good?

This low-budget horror adventure doesn't raise the bar in terms of originality. The setting and plot are predictable, characters are thin, and events unfold in totally expected ways. Still, it manages to deliver an interesting puzzle mechanic or two and some well-guided exploration. If you're looking for jump scares, you're in for a disappointment. This isn't that kind of game. Surprises are on the mild side here, with tension slowly building as you find clues to what looks like a 20-year-old atrocity. Aside from the occasional document, item, or tape recording, locations are relatively barren and offer little interactivity. That makes locations feel like window dressing, but on the up side, it streamlines exploration. It's generally obvious where to go and what to do next, thanks to strategic placement of unlocked doors and save points. Puzzle types are interesting (if limited in variety) and offer a nice break from trudging through dimly lit halls. Delicate musical themes enhance the mood. Despite these things, THE CROW'S EYE is derailed by one grating, over-the-top voice performance, a mountain of cheesy, poorly written dialogue, a pair of pointless health and crafting systems, and, the worst of them all, a collection of frustrating first-person jumping puzzles that would try anyone's patience. The result is a mismatched, Frankenstein-like jumble of good parts and bad that plays like a mad scientist's imperfect trial run.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ethics of scientific research. Do the ends always justify the means?

  • Discuss other mad scientists you've seen in books, in movies, or on TV. What do they have in common?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $14.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nkidu Games
  • Release date: March 20, 2017
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 20, 2018

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