Forgotten Passages, a nonviolent video game suitable for kids and adults, is a celebration of beauty, curiosity, and adventure. Plus, it was created by a homeschooling dad — my husband!
My husband is a professional video game artist, specializing especially in environments and foliage. While the term “video game” might conjure up images of a gamer sitting in a grungy basement, I promise it’s not like that at all! Video game art — like other genres of art — is very much a creative profession.
And for the last four years, in the early morning and late night hours outside of his commercial day job in the gaming industry, Josiah has been working on Forgotten Passages.
Four years, you guys! That’s a long time.
He created all the art, designed all the levels (one hundred of them) and even composed the majority of the music himself. That’s a lot of late nights, and a lot of early mornings.
Forgotten Passages is finally launched, and available for purchase.
(To play, you’ll need a Windows PC. At this time, there’s no version available for Apple products.)
Is this game right for you and your kids?
Obviously, I’m biased, but I think the answer is yes. It doesn’t have any of the unsavory elements often associated with video games. It encourages exploration and curiosity, celebrates beauty, and chases light. (Isn’t that exactly what we’re doing so many of our homeschools?)
Forgotten Passages is an exploration game.
As the main character wanders through each of the one-hundred tiny worlds, she collects glowing feathers which unlock the portal to the next world. Since it’s an exploration game, there’s no tension or battles. And no crazy video-game dexterity is required to explore.
Forgotten Passages has a child-like main character.
This means no mature figures or questionable characters.
Forgotten Passages is completely nonviolent.
This means no physical violence or combat of any kind. No weapons, no blood, no hunting or killing.
Forgotten Passages has no in-game dialogue.
This means no characters popping up on the screen saying dark things. Outside of the user-interface and the credits, there are no words at all the game environment itself.
Forgotten Passages has no intentionally-frightening imagery.
Although the environments are designed to be surreal and mysterious — vestiges of a forgotten world — nothing scary will jump out at you. This means no glowing skulls, no haunted houses, no bad guy.
Forgotten Passages has a short play time.
Since the worlds can be explored relatively quickly, there aren’t hundreds of hours of gameplay to draw you back to the screen in an addictive way.
It’s perfect for digital gameschooling, and our family is so excited to share it with you!
If you don’t play video games, will you consider sharing this post with someone who does?