Larry is chasing butterflies in the street. Ryan is trying to drink poison again. Josh is swimming in shark-infested waters. April is about to get stuck in the refrigerator in the supermarket. You are living in a hell that can only be described as a typical day in parenting!
Think of the Children is a very fast-paced game developed by Jammed Up Studios and published by Surprise Attack Games and Fellow Traveller. The game is about trying to do everyday simple tasks, all while your kids are trying to kill themselves in wacky ways. At the end of each level, you will receive a score based on the tasks that you have completed, and points will be multiplied by the amount of your children that have survived the 90-second level. Points also can be deducted by how embarrassed your kids can make you on a trip to the supermarket.
There is a neat customizable Family option so that you can make all your kids as well as your adults. The number of options to truly make them unique is pretty decent.
The story mode starts with your main playable characters, The Parents, standing in court before a judge. Your children are to be taken by Child Protective Services due to neglect and unsafe conditions. Each level in the game is another instance that is brought up in court to prove or disprove how good of a parent you are. In the end, you will prove to the judge if your kids should be taken away or not.
The game will be familiar in the way it plays to fans of the Overcooked series, as you are constantly having to readjust what you are trying to do due to kids almost dying. Thankfully, the game offers 4 player local co-op to help alleviate the woes of parenting. This is also very welcoming due to how difficult the game is. In fact, there is no option to change difficulty settings. This could be a turnoff for many, as even the first level can be unforgiving. The saving grace is in the game’s incredibly relatable humour. As the game is getting intense, you will find your friends yelling at you for letting poor little Susie get run over by a speedboat because you were busy rubbing suntan lotion on Grandpa’s back!
As of now, there are only 2 ways to play the game. In Party Mode, you go through all of the levels without the story cutscenes. They are much more forgiving, while Story Mode forces you to get a decent grade before moving on. You will find yourself having to play a level multiple times to shoot for that A+ Rating.
Besides being able to advance to the next level, high point values allow you to spin a wheel to win different customizable objects for your characters.
Overall, Think of the Children is a fun game to play when you are hanging out with friends and family. The goofy deaths will have all participants laughing….that is until they realize that their points take a major hit for it! Parenting isn’t easy folks!
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*