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The Path of Motus (Michael Arts)

Parents need to know that “The Path of Motus” is a downloadable adventure game for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a goblin attempting to fulfill his dreams against other goblins that attempt to stop him. Combat is an occasional part of gameplay, involving characters matching keyboard prompts to fire missiles at opponents. When defeated, characters dissolve in a splash of water, but no blood or gore is shown. The game also features logic puzzles in addition to platforming arcade elements. Aside from fighting (against bullies), there’s no inappropriate content.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In “The Path of Motus,” players are introduced to a village of goblins that lives deep within the forest. For generations, any attempt by its occupants to leave the walls of the village has failed for a number of reasons, which has made the goblins believe that they need to accept life in their town the way it is, and that their dreams are useless. But one day, a young goblin named Motus decides to leave the village and embarks on an adventure to accomplish this goal. Along the way, he runs into other goblins intent on turning him back through combat or verbal bullying. Motus must solve puzzles, engage in platform jumping, match on-screen keyboard prompts for combat, or use words to overcome those who would stop him from succeeding.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

This adventure game highlights an important truth: Bullying may take many forms, but you shouldn’t let others prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. This message is constantly repeated through “The Path of Motus,” which was quite surprising. Over the course of the adventure, the harm of bullying, how words can hurt, and how bullying significantly affects people is repeatedly shown to the player. Fortunately, Motus has the means to confront bullies, and not just by countering violence with violence. As players get farther in the game, they’ll discover that not only can they use words to take away the power of bullies, but they also don’t need to counter hurtful actions with violence. Even better, this message remains consistent as the game moves from being an adventure game to one with platform jumping to a reflex-based combat game.

If there is a drawback to the game, it’s that it’s not very long, and isn’t very replayable, unless you want to try different approaches to some fights. While it’s possible to fight through every enemy, the path of nonviolence is much more satisfying in the end. In fact, its limited play does help players work through the puzzles and story at their own pace. Overall, “The Path of Motus” has a great story to tell and, more importantly, addresses a topic that’s extremely important to express to young gamers.

RATING AND CONTENT

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Educational value: 3 out of 5

Positive messages: 5 out of 5

Positive role models: 4 out of 5

Ease of play: 3 out of 5

Violence and scariness: 1 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Consumerism: 0 out of 5

GAME DETAILS

Platforms: Windows

Price: $14.99

Developer: MichaelArts

Release date: July 17

Genre: Edutainment

ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence

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