A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game lauds Earhart's many accomplishements and uses her as an example of all that women can achieve. However, the protagonist, Christine is portrayed as a psychic, a supernatural touch in an otherwise very realistic story.
Positive Role Models
Earhart herself, as well as Christine, the hero of the game, are presented as smart, capable women worthy of emulation. One male character is presented as a chauvinist who spews demeaning comments, but he is there to give the game some historical accuracy.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is simple and easy to handle. You can choose timed play or untimed, for a more casual experience.
Violence & Scariness
A pie in the face is the extent of it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One female character shows a bit of cleavage in a V-neck sweater.
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One male character, meant to be portrayed in a negative light, intentionally demeans women with names like "chick" and "babe," and makes comments about how women are better off baking cakes.
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Products & Purchases
The disc comes loaded with demos of other purchasable games by the same publisher.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigars are in the visuals of the game, but never seen lit and never smoked by any characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this history-based search-and-find puzzle game is all about female empowerment and how Amelia Earhart broke down gender boundaries in aviation. To this purpose, the game presents one reprehensible character who spouts chauvinistic language in several scenes. Younger children may not fully understand that this character is included as a negative stereotype. The main character is a psychic, who uses her special abilities to sense what happened to Earhart. Parents should guage how their children might react to the true-to-life ending involving Earhart's death.
Is It Any Good?
The Search for Amelia Earhart is a decent search-and-find game. And Amelia Earhart's story is an inherently interesting one. The plot device used to tell it -- namely, that of a psychic sensing moments in Earhart's past -- is a bit cheesy, though, and doesn't actually amount to anything, as it is not Christine's psychic powers that end up revealing the famed aviator's true fate in the end. And that ending is more than a bit anticlimactic. While the story could definitely have been improved upon, the gameplay is generally fine. One nice feature is the way certain items you find (a key, a screwdriver, a handle, etc.) will give you access to new areas to search.
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