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Our examiner, Ellen Robertson, first checked Hades 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
The game is formatted as a rogue-like game, where you must move through a series of dungeons and where your progress is reset if you die. But, unlike other rogue-like games, when restarting the dungeon crawl, your character, Zagreus, remains permanently upgraded and characters you meet will remember you from your previous attempts.
Each environment and character is hand drawn in a cartoon style and is fully voiced. This results in an action game where the narrative and evolving story also offer a strong reason to play.
11+ 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. It's a game where you need fast reactions and forward planning. Also, because you play through multiple rounds, you need to learn from your mistakes and make choices about the next round to help you do better. Older players get more out of the mythological story that develops.
Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Accessibility: 28 features
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
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