Posted on September 18, 2013 AT 12:00pm
The concept of edutainment games have seen their share of highs and lows, but not often do we get to see a title that takes something like American history and add something a little unconventional without doing any sort of truth-bending. Such is the case of Lantana Games’ Children of Liberty, a side-scrolling tactical stealth game about Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride.
Instead of our famous American hero Children of Liberty has you take control of a kid helping Revere on his task, and by help I mean sneak past Redcoats and take them out. As they’re kids, though, the British aren’t killed, but rather knocked out. This adds a bit of a challenge when dealing with multiple Redcoats in the area, as they have the ability to revive their fallen comrades if they see them on the ground.
In order to get around in Children of Liberty you’ll have to jump, run, evade, peer corners, and solve puzzles that will help you unlock the next area of the level. You can hide in the shadows, but sometimes you’ll have the darkness be blocked off, forcing you to jump into the light when you feel the right moment calls for it. If you are caught, you’ll be forced to start off from the last checkpoint. There’re no second or third chances, just one strike and you’ll have to start again.
The six minutes I played of Children of Liberty were interesting to say the least. On a couple occasions the Redcoats animation wasn’t loading, but because their shadows were still there I could still try to take them down. Still these couple glitches did take me out of the overall gameplay experience. With that being said I know the game is still in pre-alpha, so I know that any of these bugs in the game will be fixed in the final product.
So far I am liking what I see of this game. The animated graphics look pretty cool, the side-scrolling stealth aspect reminds me of a G-rated Mark of the Ninja, and I look forward to seeing where the story goes. The full game will have you control four different characters throughout its story: Joseph the platformer; Ally the freerunner; Doug the tank; or Sarah the ninja.
Children of Liberty is due sometime in 2014 on PC.
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