A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The tribe in the game believes strongly in the power of music. The protagonist is a tribal shaman and she works to dispell her people's belief that their village is cursed.
Positive Role Models
The young female shaman who is the hero of the game's story is portrayed as a strong, capable leader. She works hard to rebuild her village after it is destroyed in an elephant stampede and to convince her people to move back to their homeland which they believed to be cursed.
Ease of Play
The game is deceptively simple at first, with early levels that are almost impossible to fail. But as the game progresses, you realize how tricky and challenging it can be. The gameplay is easy to pick up and always makes sense, but can get quite difficult in later levels. There are 80 levels, though, so you have plenty of time to get the knack of the game before it grows too challenging.
Violence & Scariness
There is a verbal mention of elephant stampedes destroying an African village, but no visual depiction.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The plot contains a love story between a female shaman and a young man from her village. There is drama in the relationship, and rumors that the man married a girl from another village, but nothing inappropriate happens. The female protagonist also has visible bare midriff, but in the context of traditional African dress.
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Products & Purchases
Previews and demos of other E-rated games from the same publisher are included.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this unique and innovative puzzle game is framed by a story that includes some elements of African tribal shamanism, violent destruction caused by elephants stampeding, and romantic drama. It is all very mild, though, and none of the destruction is depicted on screen. Even in the aftermath of the elephant stampede, the village is only shown as an empty grassland -- there are no debris, rubble, or ruins. Parents should also be aware that the main puzzle elements of the game are intermixed with equally unique music and sound-based mini-games.
Is It Any Good?
There are innumerable puzzle games out there, but Treasures of the Serengeti shines among them by offering a completely new and different kind of matching game. What at first seems very simple (connect interlocking jigsaw-type pieces of matching color) ends up requiring a lot of strategic thinking and very fast fingers. The three types of mini-games, which are used to break up the action and add a bit of variety, are also mostly original as well (with the exception of a fit-the-pieces-together building game). One is a seemingly typical memory match game -- until you realize you have to match sounds, not images. And another requires you to tune instrument strings in order to play a demonstrated tune. The framing story sequences can seem a bit disjointed at times, but they're not really necessary to even sit through. With or without the layered-on plot, Serengeti is a stellar puzzle game.
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