The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Fabulous Agatha Christie-style mystery for teens and up.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about puzzle solving and deduction as they talk to suspects and observe the environment for clues and useful items. Players learn to innovate as they come up with unorthodox solutions to problems and combine inventory items in creative ways. Kids will also be introduced to chemistry by using a forensics kit to analyze samples, and will pick up some knowledge of European culture and geography, and Egyptology. The Raven is a sophisticated mystery for veteran puzzle solvers.

Positive Messages

The story is explored from multiple perspectives, including those on the "right" and the "wrong" side of the law, but most characters fall somewhere in the middle. The Raven is idolized by some for his thieving skills. The "honor among thieves" theme is central to the plot.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are both good and bad role models in the game, and most of the characters fall somewhere in the middle. As with most mysteries, it's not always clear who the true heroes and villains are right away, but eventually people's true colors shine through -- for better or for worse.

Ease of Play

The game requires advanced problem-solving, observation, and deduction skills. Players can comb through a journal for clues or spend "Adventure Points" to reveal the location of all clickable items in a room, but make no mistake: the game is far from easy.

Violence

Violence is present but not prevalent. Cut scenes depict characters getting injured in an explosion and knocked out by a blow to the head. Characters are shot (one on-screen, one off-screen), and players see a dead body with blood and a bloody pipe. A character attacks another with a syringe.

Sex

A sexual encounter is implied but not shown. (A man and a woman are shown in bed after the fact.) There is some kissing. A man is shown naked from the waist up.

Language

The word "damn" appears multiple times, as does the occasional "hell," "a--hole," and "merde" (the French word for "s--t").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fairly frequent references to alcohol. Several of the characters are heavy drinkers, and the effects of alcohol are shown and discussed. There are a couple of references to syringe drug use.

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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Adult Written bychadok December 11, 2014

age appropriate for all ages

I've played this game in its entirety, and it is my firm belief that this game is appropriate for children of all ages, and, for those parents trying to ge... Continue reading

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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?

Game details

For kids who love enigmas

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