Parent's Guide: Fantasy Life - Age rating, mature content and difficulty

Parents Guide Fantasy Life Age rating mature content and difficulty
16th September, 2014 By Sarah Morris
Game Info // Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life Boxart
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Level-5
Players: 1
Subtitles: Full
Available On: 3DS
Genre: Life Simulation, Role Playing Game (Real Time Battles)
Everybody Plays Ability Level
Reading Required
Content Rating
Violence and Gore: Cartoon, implied or minor
Bad Language: None
Sexual Content: None
Parent's Guide

What is Fantasy Life?

Fantasy Life is a cute and cuddly role-playing game for the 3DS, in which players can take on a variety of different 'Life' classes - from valiant knights to magical wizards to an aspiring chef - as they take on the game's story, and seek to level up in their chosen profession at the same time. The overarching tale may be one of saving the world from harm, but its as much about doing your best at your job as it is about stopping the sky from falling.

How do you play Fantasy Life?

Each 'Life' class plays a little differently, and has its own strengths, weaknesses and challenges to complete - and fortunately for the indecisives and the completionists, you're never locked into a single one. You can chop and change as much as you want, and switching things up puts you at a distinct advantage. For example, a blacksmith could go and mine his own materials if he had previous training as a miner, or a not-so-good-in-combat chef can bolster his attack by doing a spot of magic training as a wizard.

Beyond the job system, this is a fairly standard role playing game, with real time battles against monsters who can be toppled with the right amount of button mashing, quests to be solved, and experience to collect. If you like to experiment and explore, or in other, more rigid games, tend to perpetually restart your games to try out new things, then Fantasy Life should be right up your alley.

How easy is Fantasy Life to pick up and play?

In terms of accessibility, Fantasy Life is intended to be one of the easier role playing games, with plenty of help to get you going.

For the youngest of players, a solid reading ability is required, as Fantasy Life is very text heavy - from the quest descriptions, to story-crucial cutscenes and chatting to the townsfolk, a good grasp of reading is essential. While the game is good at highlighting exactly where your next objective is on the map, it may not be quite enough to get by if your child isn't the best at reading.

Mature Content

Blood, guts, sex and bad language don't even factor into Fantasy Life's cutesy gameplay - it's as cuddly and non-offensive as it looks. You can engage all manner of fantastical creatures in combat, from oversized carrots to yeti-like apes, but once defeated, the enemies simply fade away.

Age Ratings

We Say
Violence and Gore:
Cartoon, implied or minor
Bad Language:
Sexual Content:

Format Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS

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