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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shiner 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
You start with the knowledge of how to do a simple punch and from there must learn more attacks to work your way up a hierarchy of enemies. Although play focuses on choosing who to fight and winning those battles, the real challenge is working out how to accrue the attacks you need to take down the bigger foes.
As you progress you meet (and hopefully defeat) a colorful and fully voiced cast of fully voice-acted characters as you search for the bully who wronged you. Each one has a unique personality and (more importantly) a unique set of attacks to learn.
The result is a game about hierarchies of power. As your knowledge builds you can put together ever more nuanced packages of the 4 attacks you can take into each fight. It's all wrapped up in a world where words and meaning are as important as brute force.
The nature of the game is taking on violence fights. Attacks include fireballs, heavy punches, haunting, curses, divine body and overpowering.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need resilience and perseverance to keep trying to find the right combinations of attacks when you lose. It's a hard game, although losses are offset by the fact that you gain new attack options when you are defeated.
Release Date: 18/03/2023
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
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