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The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Revisiting classic stories with new, modern-day twists.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2019
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Most people's image of Frankenstein's monster is the slow and sluggish brute with bolts sticking out of his neck from the classic Universal monster movies. But The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature takes its cue from the original Mary Shelley novel, which presented the Creature as an intelligent but naive creature, shaped by how others treat him and by his desire to be accepted. In this game, the Creature is once again a blank slate -- only this time his world view is dictated by your actions. These choices direct the path of the story but don't end it prematurely. There's no "Game Over" until the narrative you've crafted comes to its natural conclusion.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature is less of a game and more of an interactive story. There are a few light puzzle elements that spring up over the course of the story, but none of them are particularly difficult to figure out. In fact, they almost seem like an afterthought tossed in just to remind you that this is still, technically, a game. It's also a relatively short game, clocking in at about two hours or so from start to finish, depending on your actions. In spite of this, watching everything unfold -- whether it's the bright color palette when things are going right or the dismal grays as things fall apart -- feels like a true work of art coming together as you play.

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