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This is a True Story (2022) is a narrative adventure based on actual events and interviews. You play a woman in Africa on her daily journey to go and collect water for her family and witness the events that play out on the way. The simple gameplay and hand-painted scenery, paired with the often comical events, give it the feeling of a children's storybook come to life.

You play Bontu, a woman in Africa who must travel every day to the river to collect water, braving the heat, wild animals, and poachers. As you travel, you learn all about Bontu's previous adventures and mishaps. You climb over rocks and crawl through caves on your journey and complete small mini games- like solving a (jigsaw) puzzle, filling your container with water and avoiding the leeches, or throwing pumpkins at monkeys to scare them away- when you encounter other people, animals, and events. On the way back, you face the immense heat of the midday sun, moving from one patch of shade to the next to conserve your energy.

The result is a simple but important game that pairs charming and lighthearted fun and intuitive controls that make it accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities, with a necessary reminder of illegal poaching and the plight of women forced by circumstance to travel miles for something as simple as water.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked This is a True Story 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Adventure and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence and Mild Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence.
Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes and Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The controls are very simple, and guided tutorials appear that show you the actions to perform should you need them.


This is a True Story

Android Store Android Free Free


App Store iOS Free Free


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You need a Netflix subscription to play this game. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/03/2022

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Weather

Developer: Hello Frosty Pop (@HelloFrostyPop)

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