Thursday 28th April, 2011
Gray Matter Review (Xbox 360)
They don't make them like they used to...
Your child may find parts of this game frustrating, awkward, or otherwise too difficult.
OK with caution
. Certain elements of this game may be too challenging for a child of this age, but they may be able to muddle through. A lot depends on the child.
. A child of this age should have no trouble getting to grips with the game.
Games in this category will be very tame. At worst, the may feature unrealistic violence between/against non-human characters.
Bad Language: None
The strongest language we allow in this category is God, Damn, and Hell. Games rated as having no bad language are free of swear words, or other strong language.
Sexual Content: None
Games in this category will be completely free of overtly sexualised characters or imagery.
Reading Required: No
Games in this category don't require your child to be able to read, as such - although reading will almost certainly be a benefit
A fair amount of reading and puzzle-solving is required to play Gray Matter. Although there's a lot of text, the majority of it is fully voice acted, but there are still several books, hints and tips they'll have to read on their own.
The puzzles found in the game aren't too difficult, and can mostly be solved by applying a brisk helping of logic - a far cry from the usual point and click logic of 'put the cat in the microwave to unlock the door with a pineapple', which makes the game a lot more accessible to younger players.
In all, the controls are probably what they'll have most trouble with, with the odd "hotspot" mechanic making things harder than they really should be. Rather than walking over to an object and pressing "A" to interact, you have to bring up a list of objects in the room with which you can interact, and then choose from that - but often, there are more objects than slots in the list, which can make choosing what you want to use a bit confusing.
Gray Matter is rated at a 12+ for bad language - words like 'sh*t' make appearances, but that's about it. Thematically, it's fairly emotional and mature, but there's nothing too questionable in here.
Gray Matter is a single-player game, so there isn't really any way to play it as a family. Younger kids may need a helping hand with some of the reading and more complex puzzles though.