Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mom Approved Gaming: Bastion

I thought I'd highlight some games that I've been playing with my children that might not necessarily be considered "kids' games," but have been enjoyed by both my children and me. Also, I may talk about kids' games that have actually appealed to us (the adults) as well. For reference, I have a son and a daughter, age 7 and 4 respectively, as of this writing. Being that they live in a household with gamer parents, they're turning into mini-gamers themselves. We try to limit what they play to age-appropriate games, but obviously, there are some games aimed at older gamers that we feel they can handle. Bastion is one of these games.

I don't think I ever get tired of singing this game's praises. I purchased this a year or more ago during a Steam sale for a little over a dollar. This game was worth that and more. The story follows a silent protagonist known only as the Kid as he navigates through his devastated world after a cataclysmic event called the Calamity. He goes in search of supplies and survivors for Bastion, a safe-haven where survivors are supposed to meet up in case of events like the Calamity, while facing various beasts. The story is narrated by another survivor who sends the Kid in search of cores needed to power Bastion.

Kids will enjoy smashing and shooting things with the various weaponry in this game, and the cartoon-style graphics (beautiful hand-painted environments) make the world colorful and eye-catching. The game on normal isn't overly difficult, neither does it demand much skill, but there is a "no-sweat" mode that does away with the lives and just allows players to soldier on without restating an area if they die. The game supports a gaming pad (we used an Xbox controller in our case), which comes in handy since the WSAD can be a little tricky to maneuver for kids.

Warning: There are some mild references to smoking and alcohol drinking, but again, not so obvious that a child would know that's what's going on. The Kid can access past memories by clicking on an object that sort of resembles a hookah, and many of the Kid's passive abilities come in the form of spirits (alcohol). However, neither has the kid actually engaging in these activities on screen, and the spirit bottles will just look like ordinary bottles that kids might see in other games, and they'll possibly equate the bottles to other things. My daughter thinks the hookah pipe looks like a perfume bottle, and she thinks the kid is being knocked out by perfume. Also, since this is a bit of a beat-em-up type game, there is cartoon violence, but nothing overly extreme.

Depending on the age of your child and what you feel they can or can't handle, they may not get all the nuances in the story, but they'll be able to grasp the basic concept of what happened and what they're trying to accomplish in the game. While the story is heartbreaking, it's done in a way that doesn't make it overly graphic or too grim to handle even for younger kids. You may find your kid emotionally invested in the story and the Kid's plight as they help him shape this world and find out more about the events leading up to the Calamity.


This blog is a mishmash of thoughts, pictures, and rantings among other things about games I've played, games I will play, and games I am currently playing. From time to time, I may post book reviews that I've written that are about different games and/or game worlds. Feel free to recommend games or add me on the platforms I've listed. I don't do competitive multiplayer much anymore, but I'm always down for some co-op these days. I'm usually DigitalTempest everywhere unless otherwise specified.


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2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Tiara has read 6 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Tiara's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Elfstones Of Shannara
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Gardens of the Moon
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Tiara's bookshelf: read

really liked it
Review to come.
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The Girl from the Well
liked it
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Thirteen Reasons Why
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
liked it
Spoiler free review to come.
tagged: 2016-star-wars-reading-challenge
The Phantom of the Opera
really liked it
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