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The Wreck (2023) is a narrative game where you play Junon, a mother at a crossroads. She's 36 but her career has stalled, she's emotionally numb, and her personal life is falling apart. It's not unfamiliar territory for a video game these days, but The Wreck focuses on choices and interactions in the relationship between us and our mother. Called to the ER we find our estranged mother in critical condition and it's down to us to change something that rewrites history.

Play involves revisiting Junon’s memories to piece together the story of her past, including the tragic secret that lies at its centre. More than sentimental reminiscent, understanding this trauma changes how she navigates today, unlocking new conversations and possibilities.

The result is a mature visual novel about sisterhood, motherhood, grief and survival. Slowly you help Junon find peace and discover the humour, beauty and hope in even the bleakest days.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Wreck 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 16 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Sexual Innuendo, Mild Swearing.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA PG.

Skill Level

8+ 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. Younger players would need to be able to interpret life decisions and make choices based on this. The deeper aspect of the game could be a little lost on them.

CostsCosts

The Wreck usually costs £17 to £17.99.
 

The Wreck

Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £17
Steam Store Mac £17
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/03/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click (Communication and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 34 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: The Pixel Hunt (@ThePixelHunt)


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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