Parents' Guide to

Young Souls

By Dwayne Jenkins, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Story-driven action tale not only delivers, but excels.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Phenomenally Mature story

This game has a phenomenal story, but wait until they are in 7th grade because some of the themes can get pretty heavy depending on your life experience, nevermind the cursing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

This game isn't simply "Dark Souls for kids" as the title may suggest, because it's a layered, complex game with higher ambitions than most. When you start Young Souls, you're given a taste of what's to come—a vision of fiery chaos, desperation, and unyielding determination. But it quickly shifts to introducing irreverent heroes and its sense of humor and heart. Jenn and Tristan are quipping teenagers filled with snark and indignation for those older than them, but you can feel the adoration they have for one another. You see their relationship with the Professor, their father figure, and witness how much the Professor cares for them -- and the people of their town. Even the "villains," or the goblins you'll fight along your journey, aren't just "the bad guys," because they believe they're doing what's best for goblinkind. Players are treated to a world that feels like a piece of a larger puzzle. This game hooks you with its charming characters, then gives you high-energy, tense gameplay to keep you glued to your screen.

You won't be getting from dungeon to dungeon easily, of course. Every enemy can be dangerous in battle and many are thrown at you at once. You can tailor the game to be an easy hack-and-slash, but the game's level of challenge is what makes it a truly rewarding, breathtaking experience. There's also plenty of loot to be found, and every time you defeat a major enemy, you receive a weapon or set of armor to add to your arsenal which boosts your stats and adds a visual flair to your characters. Speaking of, you can switch between Jenn and Tristan (if you choose to play by yourself) and customize them so, for example, one has a focus on strength while the other is more speed-based. Past the battle sequences, there's a rich life in town where you'll customize Jenn and Tristan's abilities and more. But the story is a true stand-out. It's rare where beat-‘em-ups or action RPGs force you to consider the enemies you're fighting. Even the Dwarvengobben's underlings feel the pains of sadness, disappointment, and loss. This is a game that isn't afraid to tell you that there are real consequences to your actions, and it's a lesson that will stay with you long after it's over. Young Souls is a game with so much depth and personality, it could easily become a franchise bouncing seamlessly between sequels, comics, and even beyond.

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