Yumi's Odd Odyssey
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yumi's Odd Odyssey is a puzzle platformer set in a surreal world. Yumi, a schoolgirl journeying through a strange land filled with human-legged fish and other weird creatures. She encounters enemies and bosses, which she battles by stunning them with her fishing lure, but the emphasis is mostly on running and jumping rather than fighting. The game's high difficulty will frustrate younger players -- the puzzles are hard enough to challenge seasoned adult players.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Simple controls betray a high degree of difficulty that hampers enjoyment and slows progress. The game's personality is…well…odd, and lacks the mainstream appeal of other platformers.
Kids learn perseverance as they will likely have to replay levels many times to master them. The learning environment discourages risk-taking, as players are harshly penalized for mistakes.
In-game bubbles introduce new controls and obstacles. Beyond that, players receive no support if they get stuck.
What's it about?
In YUMI'S ODD ODYSSEY, a schoolgirl named Yumi must navigate through a series of platform-based obstacles using only the ability to run, jump, and cast her fishing lure, which she can use to latch onto objects, swing, rappel, and pull herself forward. She'll have to steer clear of environmental hazards like icy walls, pools of water, and freaky-looking fish with human legs, in order to reach the door that takes her to the next level. Players' scores are ranked on a global leaderboard.
Is it any good?
Yumi's Odd Odyssey's controls are simple to learn but tricky to master, and the levels are very unforgiving of mistakes and don't leave much room for experimentation. If you misjudge a jump or otherwise cause Yumi's demise, you'll have to restart the level from the very beginning. Argh! The game also keeps a tally of how many times you've failed the level, which is the opposite of motivating. Yumi's Odd Odyssey is for serious platform game fans who don't mind a hefty challenge.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the meaning of the word "odyssey." Make up your own story about going on an odyssey and seeing amazing places and creatures.
Discuss examples of physics in action, both in the game and in real life.