Review: The Hunger Games Adventures Monday 19 March, 2012

I’ll admit (this is , by the way) that I’ve always been pretty vehemently opposed to a Hunger Games video game, for the obvious reason: Turning the violent elements of a series with a clear message of anti-violence into a GAME is not okay. I know that most — if not all — of you feel the same.

Thankfully, The Hunger Games Adventures — a Facebook game currently in beta which I’ve been lucky enough to test out this past week — does not directly incorporate the Games themselves into its storyline. Instead, you play as a citizen of District 12 and help out people in your district (Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Haymitch, etc.) by completing tasks like trading at the Hob, repairing a collapsed roof, banishing (not killing!) muttations, feeding a starving girl outside the Mellarks’ bakery, and preparing medicines for the wounded. Everything that you’re required to do in the game emphasizes altruism, which I think was a smart choice on the part of the creators.

I’ve never really played Facebook games before, so I had no clue what to expect going into The Hunger Games Adventures… Before I’d even gained one level, however, I was addicted. The graphics are really cute, the sound effects are strangely satisfying, and the quests are easily achievable and fun. Background music was also recently added to the beta version of the game, and it’s surprisingly intense and atmospheric. A major part of the game is creating and adding to your character’s “Forest Escape” — a clearing in the woods where you set up camp, plant strawberries and apple trees, and build things like herbalist tables, wells, and traps. In the past, I’ve made fun of Farmville players for obsessing over their virtual farms; well, I’m now obsessed with my Forest Escape. Looks like crow’s on the menu at Greasy Sae’s today.

The part of The Hunger Games Adventures that I was most excited about — the first official map of Panem — isn’t available in beta, so I unfortunately can’t comment on that. Yet. But it sounds like you’ll eventually be able to explore other districts, which is something I’m immensely looking forward to.

Check out the screen shots below (click for larger versions) and then scroll down to find out how YOU can get early access to The Hunger Games Adventures!

Lionsgate has generously given us some beta codes to give away so that some of YOU can test out the game, too! We have FIVE (5) codes to give away. To win, all you have to do is fill out the form below. The contest will close on Wednesday, March 21st, at 8:59am PT/11:59am ET. We’ll choose the winners randomly using Random.org and notify them via e-mail before making an announcement on Twitter and Facebook. Please note: You can only enter ONCE. Multiple entries from the same person will be deleted.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!


12 Comments

  • I’m so excited for this! Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to play it.

  • J. says:

    Do you know where to get the tree branch for one of the quest? I think mine went missing after the connection error. Pls help. Thanks

  • marlo says:

    dude, me too. i only have 2/3 branches, and i coulda sworn i had 3/3 before. >.< there's no way to get the last one, cuz i can't ask friends cuz it's still in beta

  • alli says:

    IT wont let me play and its makes me upset /:(

  • Maria L. says:

    im missig a “clue” in the quest to find a missing child, i think i lost the “clue” after the connection error, are there any way to get a new “clue” ???

  • Ali says:

    I’m missing my medicine after and herb and pedestal after a connection error. I don’t know what to do because it hasn’t given me any new quests either. Please help if you know where I can get more medicine!

  • Sam says:

    This game is great, but the only thing I have a problem with is that you have to wait hours before you get to use something. I need my herbalist table, workshop, and first aid table and I can’t use them for like another four hours.

  • Heni says:

    i can’t complete my quest too because of the tree branhes…
    anyone knows where to get those?

    • Savanna says:

      Heni! Hopefully you’ll get this message. You can “search” for tree branches in trees all around District 12 & 11 (or whichever districts you’ve unlocked so far). Just go to any area that has trees and click on the trees to “search.”

  • Nolan says:

    Been playing this since the launch, and I’ve gotten very far in the main quest line, I’m not up to par with the die hard players and beta testers, but I’m getting pretty good at it. In short I love this game 🙂

    • Savanna says:

      Yay! It’s scary how addicting it is…


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