13 Sentinels is a game that is part visual novel, part real-time strategy game. The player moves through the intertwining stories of 13 different characters, making connections about their relationships and the game’s events as more pieces of the stories are told.
In addition to the story element of the game, there is also a real-time strategy game where the player chooses members of a team from these 13 characters to fight in giant mech suits against a constant onslaught of kaiju monsters. The player begins the game’s prologue by switching back and forth between the visual novel and RTS elements of the game but after this part of the story is complete, the player can choose to move through the game in whatever order they would like.
The game also features an index of additional information that can be unlocked as the player moves through the game.
13 Sentinels is rated T for Teen and is currently available for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4.
Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
In order to be successful in the real time strategy portion of the game, the player needs to have good planning skills. There are 13 total playable characters but you cannot take every single one of them into battle. The player needs to decide which characters and their abilities make the most sense for this particular battle as well as whether or not they have fought recently and are mentally exhausted from that previous fight. Once the team has been selected, the player then has to use their planning skills to move these characters around on a map of the city and choose which actions will best fit the situation.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
The story segments of the game span 13 different characters and different points in time. The player needs to use their working memory skills in order to remember the events of the game when moving through a new section of a character’s story. Occasionally the player will have to make decisions based on this information in the story and the outcome can be affected by the player’s choice. For players who struggle with working memory, there is a word cloud that can be accessed with core ideas and events that occurred in the previous part of this character’s story. The player can also access the index to read additional important information that can provide hints and context to the 13 different stories.
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