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Kena: Bridge of Spirits (2021) is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment.

Like Knack it combines fast-paced action with Pixar-style animated storytelling. You use your staff to hit the nightmarish enemies or as a bow to shoot at them. As well as developing your skills you also collect an army of small companions. The Rot are timid and elusive spirits scattered throughout the forest. They maintain balance by decomposing dead and rotting elements. Like Pikmin these small characters offer a puzzle aspect to the game as they unlock doors and move blockages.

"Driven by the belief that you can help these troubled spirits," says the narrator, "but you have no power here." What results is a story about restoration and resilience in the face of elders telling the young girl she can’t do it. Older players may find the linear exploration and hand-holding too much, but for new or younger players helping Kena find both the courage and ability to survive is an endearing experience with little friction. It's an adventure that wants you to progress and makes it clear that to do that will take considerable help from the characters you meet along the way.

Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Kena: Bridge of Spirits 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence. When human characters are hit, they flash red and are knocked backwards. When defeated, they fall to the ground.

In the US, ESRB state: Players traverse platforms, solve puzzles, interact with spirits and creatures, and battle corrupted spirits and boss creatures. Players use a magic staff, arrows, and small creatures (called Rot) to strike enemies and drain their health meters in melee-style combat. Enemies (e.g., human-like spirits, tree-like ghouls, giant wood creatures) attack players by using bladed weapons and explosive bursts of fire/energy. Combat can be frenetic, with frequent impact sounds, screen-shaking effects, and cries of pain.

Skill Level

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. You need navigation and puzzle-solving skills to progress in general, but the bosses also require a lot of perseverance, strategic planning and quick reactions not dissimilar to Dark Souls games. Younger players can still enjoy the game on the lower difficulty setting.

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CostsCosts

Kena: Bridge of Spirits usually costs £31.99 to £39.99.
 

Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Digital Deluxe

PlayStation Store PS5 £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
Steam Store PC £31.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Ember Lab (@EmberLab)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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