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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Amanda The Adventurer 15 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
Play involves clicking on the different items on the screen. However, the game intentionally subverts this interaction so you are forced to follow a particular path into scary scenarios. At the end of each level you have to type a word, although again, this becomes distorted and often types itself.
The game plays with the unease of half-remembered childhood TV shows. The shows in the game are made up, but manage to capture the uneasy sense of these peculiar videos. This approach has made the game popular with a young audience and it pops up in playground games.
At one point in the game, a character says they are "allergic to apples", to which Amanda tells them they should "never be afraid to try something new". Later, the same character seems to be scared and wants to escape.
It was a short game created for a game jam competition. However, its popularity has led to copycat unofficial Amanda the Adventurer games on Google Play. However, the only official location for the game is the creator's Itch page or Steam page, where there is an expanded version with more episodes.
As is common with these kinds of cyber ghost stories, YouTubers and other creators have made videos about the game where they add content to exacerbate the scariness of the game - pictures of animal carcasses and photos of people's homes. These things aren't in the game itself but can be unsettling to children.
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The developer states that "This game contains content that children under 10 may find frightening and disturbing. Blood, mild language, psychological horror." At different points in the game Amanda appears to have broken her neck and have a distorted body. A demon-like figure appears with long fingers and strange mushrooms growing over its eyes.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. For players who can cope with the unexpected and unsettling horror elements, the back story and intrigue around what is really going on is appealing.
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