A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Hunger Games Adventures is a social game played on Facebook. It's based on The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games film, but does not depict the Games themselves (where 24 teens fight to the death in a brutal version of reality TV). Instead, gameplay focuses on life in District 12 where players learn survival skills like harvesting, hunting, and crafting. The game is free to play, but players can use Facebook Credits (purchased with real money) to advance faster. The game is still in beta, so it remains to be seen whether the story will eventually take players into the Arena to participate in the Hunger Games themselves.
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What's it about?
In THE HUNGER GAMES ADVENTURES, players explore the impoverished District 12, interacting with familiar characters like Katniss, Haymitch, Peeta, and Gale. They'll harvest resources, clear debris, and build structures (like an archery range, tent, and workbench) to outfit a forest hideout. Like CastleVille, players unlock new areas of the map by spending resources and completing quests. Quests include basics like learning how to trap food and trade for supplies, as well as meatier objectives like fixing a collapsed house, finding missing children, and helping to feed a starving girl.
Is it any good?
The Hunger Games Adventures shows promise, but it's hard to tell from the limited beta version currently available whether the full-featured game will live up to the hype of the books and film. As it stands, social interaction is limited to Friends sending each other items requests. The bleak world of Panem is rendered in moody detail, and characters bear the likenesses of their movie counterparts. The number of quests is limited, but many do tackle the social problems of a poor district with themes like hunger and dilapidation. The game could use stronger tutorials, a functioning map, better social features, and more quests -- all of which will hopefully arrive in the newest updates.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the post-apocalyptic setting. What survival skills would it be important to learn if you found yourself in a similar environment?
Families can also talk about what features, quests, and characters you would like to see added to the game in future updates. Players can even email the developer with their feedback by completing a beta tester form that automatically pops up when they've completed all of the current quests.
Do you prefer to play games on Facebook versus on the console? Why or why not?
- Platforms: Facebook
- Subjects: Social Studies: exploration, power structures
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together
- Price: Free with Microtransactions
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Funtactix
- Release date: March 30, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Book Characters, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: NR
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