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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Lion's Song (2016) is a narrative adventure set in pre-war Vienna, about a talented young musician with great expectations placed upon her. Play involves traversing the city, talking to locals and deciding how best to make your way in the world. It stands out for the intricate interleaving of characters and how choices impact not only the current chapter but the story as a whole.

The game is set in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. You explore the city to find musical inspiration while navigating the limited social norms of the day. It's a story that unfolds from the perspective of four different people in each of the four overlapping episodes.

As you progress the choices you make impact not only the current episode but the other characters; Wilma the gifted young violinist, Franz the struggling artist and Emma the hopeful mathematician. The final chapter brings the different stories and characters together for one of the possible endings.

The result is a game that offers not only an interweaving story but a chance to reflect on social mobility, gender discrimination and the challenge of finding our place in the world. It's a streamlined game that doesn't complicate things with too many puzzles or challenges, while also responding to your choices in ways that feel fair and make sense - even when the consequences are unintended.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Lion's Song 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 and a half hours and 4 and a half hours to complete. Each episode lasts between 30 minutes to an hour.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

In the US, ESRB state: Rated ESRB TEEN for Sexual Themes

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.

CostsCosts

The Lion's Song usually costs £0 to £9.99. 

The Lion's Song

Switch Store Switch £9.99
Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
Steam Store PC Coming Soon
Steam Store Mac Coming Soon
App Store iOS £2.99

The Lion's Song

Android Store Android £2.59
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/07/2016

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Point-and-Click and Narrative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Mipumi (@Mipumi)


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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