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Life Is Strange (2016) is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at a high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to rewind time. As the game unfolds through relationships with friends, parents and teachers you must decide how to treat the people around you. An intriguing mystery develops along with some substantial teen angst, mental health and identity issues.

The choices you make change the story in ways you can see, and, if you so choose, you can rewind and change. At the end of each chapter, can compare your decisions to other players.

The games can be purchased in a single episode or as a series. There are the following available:
  • Life is Strange (2013)
  • Life Is Strange: Before the Storm (2017) prequel
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (2018) a free game that introduces characters for the next season.
  • Life Is Strange 2 (2018)

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Life Is Strange 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Brain Game, Communication, Point-and-Click and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game. .


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete. It takes up to 3 hours to complete each of the 5 episodes, bringing the completion time to 15 hours. To find everything in the game and experiment with alternate choices can take over 25 hours

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The first Life is Strange series was rated PEGI 16 for frequent moderate violence and strong language and infrequent use of illegal drugs.

The second Life Is Strange series was rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human-like characters, glamorization of the use of illegal drugs, and use of sexual expletives. Content-specific issues: This game contains infrequent depictions of violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human-like characters. One example of this involves a 16-year-old boy who has been forcefully handcuffed to a metal pole and is unable to escape. During the scene, the boy confronts his captor which leads to him being violently kicked in the face as punishment. Another example can be found in the third episode, in which a child is shot in the shoulder. The boy lets out a pained cry as a large amount of blood appears around the wound. Episode three also contains glamorisation of the use of illegal drugs. As part of the storyline, the teenage protagonist and his younger brother work on an illegal marijuana plantation. They also meet up with a group of young adults who have worked on the plantation for numerous seasons and praise it as a reliable option for earning money. There is a minigame where the player must prepare the marijuana in a timely manner to sell it on. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives, the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit contains scenes of implied child abuse, with the father character verbally abusing his son. Implied physical violence is also present as characters comment on the bruises left on the child’s arm. There is also an option for the child (who is ten years old) to steal and smoke one of his father's cigarettes. The fourth episode in particular has multiple scenes of the teenage protagonist being violently beaten. These altercations cause obvious bruising and bleeding to appear on his body.

Skill Level

12+ 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 also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


Life Is Strange usually costs £7.99 to £64.99.

Life Is Strange Remastered Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Deluxe Upgrade

XBox Store Xbox One £7.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors

XBox Store Xbox X|S £49.99
XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors - Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £54.99
XBox Store Xbox One £54.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors - Deluxe Upgrade

XBox Store Xbox X|S £9.99
XBox Store Xbox One £9.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors - Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £64.99
XBox Store Xbox One £64.99

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Steam Store PC £13.99
Steam Store Mac £13.99

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered

Steam Store PC £33.99

Life is Strange: True Colors

Steam Store PC £49.99

Life Is Strange

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
It's free to play the first chapter but then has in-game purchases for subsequent chapters. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Brain Game, Communication, Point-and-Click and Traversal)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: DONTNOD Ent (@DONTNOD_Ent)

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