Let’s check out this spinoff from the Life is Strange series.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit isn’t probably the type of game I’d usually play, but I’m glad I did. This prequel from the famous Life is Strange series beings a father and son story that both sad and poignant.
In the game, you play Chris Erikson, a nine-year-old kid with awesomely named alter ego. Upon playing the game you’re introduced to his father Charles which we then learn that both is coping with the recent death of the mother. The game doesn’t you with much gameplay, but it’s the emotional bond between the two that kept me interested in playing through the two-hour game.
Most of the game is spent on your roaming around your house completing Chris’ ‘Awesome Things to Do’ list. Walking around the house somehow gives you a feeling that the mother’s death was just recent, with various personal feminine items still scattered and even drawings made by the mother. If you’ve played Life is Strange there’s a couple of Easter eggs that you’ll notice, but it’s completely fine if you haven’t played the game as you will enjoy Chris’ story as is.
As Captain Spirit, you can trigger various powers that showcase your capabilities as a superhero, like making the logs in the fireplace erupt into flames. Other activities on his list will see you fighting a snowman and defeat Captain Spirit’s main enemy, Mantroid.
It those hours I’ve spend as Captain Spirit, it made me remember my early childhood days where I would literally do the same thing: wear a cape and pretend to be a superhero. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit may not have those awesome fights in other games, but it’s a fulfilling story that made me smile while playing it.
It ends on a cliffhanger, but the whole point of the game gets you excited about Life is Strange 2 that releases in a couple of months. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is now available for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
+ Simple and emotional gameplay
– Not much conflict and tension
Final Rating: 3.5/5