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That Dragon, Cancer (2016) is a game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique collage of poetry, phone calls, diagnosis rooms and home movies full of raw emotion.

In game form, lightness combines with weight and sadness to create a unique perspective on cancer and losing a child. The mature theme and simple click-to-move interface make it an ideal first game. If you get stuck you can simply move to the next scene, which is always unlocked.

You can play the game on your own or with your family if they are mature enough for the topic, by taking turns to play a particular level while the others offer suggestions on how to progress or which parts of the game to investigate next. The emotive material and intimate engagement with this family’s story make it important to take time to discuss the game. After playing, you can engage further in the story with a documentary, Thank You for Playing, about the family behind the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked That Dragon, Cancer 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative game with Adventure and Point-and-Click elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 3 hours to complete. The game is divided into chapters that in total take about 2 hours to complete. Revisiting scenes and experiencing every aspect of the game, like the messages and art displayed at the hospital level from real-world cancer patients, will take considerably longer for those who wish to linger.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

In addition to the rating parents should note the weighty subject matter both for younger children as well as older players who this may be a sensitive subject for.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger players have the skill to play this, because of the subject matter it's more likely to be enjoyable for older teenagers and adults.

CostsCosts

That Dragon, Cancer usually costs £6.99.
 

That Dragon, Cancer

Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99
Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative (Adventure and Point-and-Click)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)


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