Okamiden

LQ: 8.9

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Brain grade: 9
Fun score: 8.8

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: , , Academic Skills Used:

Chibi the dog and his pal Kumi embark on an adventure to save their land from a re-awakened evil. Set in a stylized world modeled after Japanese ink wash paintings, players use the ink-wielding powers of the gods to draw items into the world, attack enemies and summon spells. A sequel to the game Okami, Okamiden employs the same open-world environments, real-time combat and tricky puzzles that won the original game praise. During their journey, players acquire new powers and abilities to aid them in their quest, learning new ways to manipulate the world using their mystical ink-based powers. The game features mild cartoon violence, some instances of crude humor and a moderate amount of reading. Due to these considerations, Okamiden is recommended to players ages 10 and up.


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This game is good for kids who need help with:

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

Combat in this game revolves around various attacks and maneuvers that require specific button combinations to execute, as well as special "brush" techniques that utilize unique touch screen commands. Each attack, maneuver and power offers up new ways to fight, and certain enemies require specific tactics to defeat. In order to succeed in battle, players need to know which powers work best on what enemies, and recall the specific controls and commands needed to execute them. If players fail to remember the unique uses of each power, as well as the control commands needed to use them, they'll have little hope of overcoming the game's tougher battles.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks

Okamiden is a rather lengthy, involved game, with a story spanning across hours and hours of gameplay, numerous locales to explore and multitudes of characters to interact with. Staying on track with the current mission, picking up clues from character conversations and seeing all objectives through takes time and determination, requiring players to remain dedicated to the on the task at hand. This kind of goal-directed persistence helps kids practice good Focus skills, while encouraging them to pay close attention to the details of the environment and the conversations they have with characters in the game. Doing so often provides insight as to what must be done next to advance the story in the game, and helps guide layers on their journey.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Due to the wide array of attacks, powers andds of kin enemies in the game, Okamiden requires a varied and dynamic approach to gameplay. No single move or attack can see players though the entirety of the game, and new powers are unlocked as the story advances. By the end of the game, players will have to combine multiple attacks and powers to defeat powerful foes, as the game is filled with multiple "boss battles," which pit players against very tough enemies whom require advanced techniques to defeat. By being flexible in their approach and using all the powers at their disposal, players can achieve the kind of varied combat and strategies needed to defeat the game's more challenging opponents.

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