LQ: 9.25


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.1

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Gnosia is a game about lying…in space. You wake up on a ship and are informed that everyone you encounter escaped a star base that was attacked by the Gnosia (pronounced Guh-no-shi-a), a race of murderous aliens capable of impersonating anyone or anything. You, along with the other members of the crew, need to debate about who is the most suspicious and therefore most likely to have been taken over by the Gnosia. The person who is voted out is put into cold sleep and you play through the night to see if you chose the correct member of the crew. As the game progresses, the rules become more and more complex as additional Gnosia are added, new characters appear, and various crew-member roles can add additional information to the debates. 

The player needs to use all the information they learn about each crew-member to determine who is lying and who is telling the truth. Each character has a different personality and different levels of traits such as Logic, Intuition, Performance, and Charisma. As the player moves through the game they can use their experience points to level up and unlock special abilities used to convince others of your innocence or someone else’s guilt. But the player needs to be careful; being too vocal or too silent can draw suspicion as well. 

Gnosia is rated T for Teen and Learningworks for Kids stands by this rating. To read our article about rating systems and their meanings, please click here


Gnosia helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

If you are going to survive in the game Gnosia, you need to be able to Focus. Being able to look at what each character is saying and compare it with your knowledge of their personality traits is essential for catching a murderous alien or avoiding suspicion yourself. Players who struggle with Focus may find themselves losing more often than not because they have not been paying attention to the personalities of their fellow crew members. For these players, accessing the Crew Log and spending a few moments to look at the character profiles will help bring some of that information to the forefront when trying to decide who you think is guilty or innocent. 

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working. 

There are times in Gnosia when you need to keep several pieces of information in your head all at once and your working memory skill is going to be put to the test. You will need to keep track of who claimed to be a certain role, who called you out for being suspicious, and who you think is the actual alien on board. For players who struggle with working memory, it can be difficult to recall all of this information while simultaneously debating your own innocence but there are tools within the game to assist you if you are struggling, There is a logbook of your debate to refer to if you forgot what a certain person said earlier in the debate. There is also a set of character profiles which you can use to see the personality traits of each character and what their strengths and weaknesses are. 

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