LW4K Game Spotlight: The Forgotten City

This is the next video in a new LearningWorks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on The Forgotten City. Click below to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R.  for his work on this awesome video!



Hey everyone, welcome to LearningWorks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and explore our course listings. 

Grab your denari, your flashlight, and your guide to Greek and Roman mythology because today we are talking about the murder mystery/exploration game The Forgotten City. This game, based on a mod of the game Skyrim, is a puzzle game where you the player are flung back in time to an ancient Greco Roman society. This city is under the power of a law called The Golden Rule; if anyone commits a sin, everyone dies. You have been brought back in time to find out who is going to commit the sin in order to prevent it from happening. Easier said than done. For example, what might be considered a sin to one person is a perfectly legitimate act to another. The player must navigate through the city, talking to its citizens and finding a way to uncover who will sin and stop it before everyone else pays the price. If a sin is committed, golden statues around the city spring to life, shoot the citizens with arrows, turning them into statues as well. The player can escape through a portal within the shrine of Proserpina which will bring them back to the beginning of the day again. This can be done as many times as necessary for the player to solve the mystery and make it back to their own time period. 

The Forgotten City is a great way for players to practice their working memory and planning skills. In order to succeed in the game, the player must use the portal to loop back to the beginning of the day and use the knowledge they gained from previous cycles to complete various quests. The player must remember the information that they learned and figure out how to apply it to a variety of situations. The player must also plan out how they are going to solve certain problems within the game, such as saving a woman from being poisoned or finding out who is harassing one of the citizens. There are multiple ways to approach and solve the mysteries of this game, so the player can try many different approaches before finding the one that works. 

Which character is your favorite in The Forgotten City? What other mystery games are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and playthroughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 


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