Parents' Guide to

The Path of Motus

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adventure tackles bullying with positivity and mild combat.

Game Windows 2018
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This adventure game highlights an important truth: Bullying may take many forms, but you shouldn't let others prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. This message is constantly repeated through The Path of Motus, which was quite surprising. Over the course of the adventure, the harm of bullying, how words can hurt, and how bullying significantly affects people is repeatedly shown to the player. Fortunately, Motus has the means to confront bullies, and not just by countering violence with violence. As players get farther in the game, they'll discover that not only can they use words to take away the power of bullies, but they also don't need to counter hurtful actions with violence. Even better, this message remains consistent as the game moves from being an adventure game to one with platform jumping to a reflex-based combat game.

If there is a drawback to the game, it's that it's not very long, and isn't very replayable, unless you want to try different approaches to some fights. While it's possible to fight through every enemy, the path of nonviolence is much more satisfying in the end. In fact, its limited play does help players work through the puzzles and story at their own pace. Overall, The Path of Motus has a great story to tell and, more importantly, addresses a topic that's extremely important to express to young gamers.

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