Review: The Hunger Games Adventures Monday 19 March, 2012
I’ll admit (this is Savanna, 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!
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