Father and Son is a poetic, story based game about a son’s quest to find his father through art. The game is actually a brilliant piece of advertising published by the Archaeological Museum of Naples. Each frame of Father and Son looks hand painted and the levels are strewn with facts about a myriad of art pieces from across all ages.
The game is pretty short but manages to convey a whole lot of story in that time. The most striking thing about the game is the art style. The cities and people are etched in broad strokes of paint. The game can evoke a lot of emotions but this is certainly one that requires your attention. You cannot play this while intermittently checking your chat and social media feeds. You could do that, but then you would miss out diving deep into the story. The story is about treasuring the past and the many similarities between the ancient world and the modern.
You play as a man whose father has passed away. The father used to work in the Archaeological Museum of Naples and spent most of his life dedicated to his work. After his death, he leaves a note pointing the son to his writings which are stored in the museum.
Using simple point and click controls, you can then interact with different people and find out more about the objects of art that surround you. Additional game content is unlocked if you open it up when you are actually in Naples. While not many of us can do that, Father and Son is still a great game to play. It is a great example of a game being used to develop curiosity and facilitate learning, while presenting it in a deeply enjoyable way. Definitely play Father and Son if you fancy story-based gameplay. And really, who doesn’t?
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.