Parents' Guide to

The Migrant Trail

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Thought-provoking game tackles plight of Mexican migrants.

Game Mac, Windows 2014
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The Migrant Trail isn't the sort of game you play for fun. Rather, it’s the sort of game you play to better understand a social problem. Games, unlike other forms of media, have the unique advantage of being able to put the player in the shoes of someone else. This lets them see other people's problems from a fresh perspective, and -- to at least some small degree -- experience a taste of others' suffering. In the case of The Migrant Trail, players assume the roles of people in desperate situations willing to take a great risk for a better life. And these people are forced to make some very hard decisions along the way.

The choices start out easily enough: Which unknown desert path should you take? How long should you risk going without food or water? But eventually you'll be forced to make much harder decisions. Should you eat prickly pears that will help hydrate you but cause physical injury? Use the last of your ointment to help a companion stung by a scorpion? Leave behind someone slowing your party down in order to improve your chances of survival? Seeing the situation from the perspectives of the law enforcement officers trying to find these people and send them back to the situations they're attempting to escape only makes this already thorny issue even more complicated. It may not be a truly fun experience, but it's certainly a compelling one. And it might just help some players get a better handle on a pressing problem.

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