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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked This is a True Story a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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.
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.
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.
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