A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this game. Educational Value Kids can learn about how political power structures can create divides between the rich and the poor as they explore poverty-stricken District 12 and interact with its down-trodden residents.
Quests can help kids develop empathy; for example, kids will find food for a starving girl, and treat workers injured in a mining accident. These are the same themes explored in the film and books, but they've been watered down. The surface treatment of the social issues that made the game's source material so compelling dampens its impact. Positive Messages The game echoes some of the same provocative themes as the books and film such as inequality and poverty but to a lesser extent.
The emphasis is on survival, helping others, and outwitting representatives of the oppressive government. Many of the quests involve helping the less fortunate, such as finding food and water for a starving girl, or repairing a collapsed house. Ease of Play Gameplay is simple enough to learn for people used to playing Facebook games, but it's sometimes unclear how to acquire certain items needed for quests.
Violence By avoiding the Hunger Games setting, the game lacks the same level of graphic violence as its source material. There are references to violence -- Gale talks about how his father was killed in an explosion. Players defeat monsters by shooting them with arrows to "banish" them -- there's no blood; the defeated enemies simply flinch and disappear.
Sex Language Consumerism Facebook Credits which cost real money can be used to speed up the game by instantly unlocking quests or refilling your energy bar. Players can unlock and play songs from the movie, and follow a link to buy the songs on iTunes.
However, the very first quest players do for him is to refill his flask -- with coffee. Instead, gameplay focuses on life in District 12 where players learn survival skills like harvesting, hunting, and crafting. The game is free to play, but players can use Facebook Credits purchased with real money to advance faster.
The game is still in beta, so it remains to be seen whether the story will eventually take players into the Arena to participate in the Hunger Games themselves. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.