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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is a point-and-click mystery adventure in three parts: Chapter 1: Eye of the Sphinx, Chapter 2: Ancestry of Lies, and Chapter 3: A Murder of Ravens. The game requires advanced reading and problem-solving skills and includes some violence, strong language, and drinking/drug references, making it suitable for mature teens and up.
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What's it about?
Set in the mid-20th century, THE RAVEN: LEGACY OF A MASTER THIEF begins when an invaluable ruby called the Eye of the Sphinx is stolen from a London museum by the Raven, Europe's most infamous burglar. The story follows Constable Zellner as he tries to track the thief down and later switches perspectives to let players observe events through the eyes of the thief as the suspenseful mystery heads to its conclusion. Players explore environments such as the Orient Express train, a cruise ship, and an Egyptian museum, talking to people and searching the environment for items to use to solve the game's puzzles and mysteries.
Is it any good?
The Raven is an engrossing interactive adventure that can't help but feel inspired by Agatha Christie mysteries. There are many clever ways for players to use and combine inventory items to solve puzzles, and there isn't always only one way to do things, which makes players feel like they have a certain amount of control rather than simply trying to unlock the correct sequence of events to move things forward. The spectacular orchestral soundtrack deserves a special mention, too. The game might be too challenging for the casual player, but mystery buffs will find a worthy challenge.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the game's luxurious settings. If you were writing a mystery novel, where would it take place?
Discuss all the characters and their motivations. Were you surprised by the game's ending, or had you already guessed how things would turn out?
Where does The Raven rank among other mystery novels, games, and movies you enjoy?
- Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading comprehension
Social Studies: cultural understanding, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, deduction, solving puzzles
- Price: $24.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: The Adventure Company
- Release date: July 23, 2013
- Genre: Adventure
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence
For kids who love enigmas
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