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By Seann Dikkers, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.

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Think of this game as a visually appealing lifeboat decision simulator that has strong content but weak mechanics. The core player action -- clicking on character drawings to read their statements -- isn't compelling but Quandary effectively models a process for making good, ethical decisions and how those decisions affect people. Players can gather, categorize, and weigh a variety of perspectives presented with minimal bias.

Unlike a lot of games that present ethical challenges as black and white issues, Quandary raises the stakes by treating all sides fairly. And as a branching narrative, kids can replay the same scenario, but choose differently to see the story's outcome change based on their actions. Kids are likely to be intrigued by these different possibilities, and eager to discuss.

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