Friday, September 23, 2016

Meet Max ... and relate a bit


Can a video game share the experiences of autism? Our intern found out

Screen capture of 'Max, An Amazing Journey'
“Max, an Autistic Journey” is a wonderful game made by a dad about his son who has autism.

It is a turn based RPG (roleplaying game) that puts you in the role of Max.  Max seems to have a big imagination that can help sometimes, but not all the time. Max a has a toy Kaiju (a giant monster, like Godzilla) named the King of Monsters. You can talk to the Kaiju to calm down or save your progress.

The story progression and tasks are fun, and the combat is reminiscent of the old final fantasy or dragon quest games.

There is a gauge that measures if Max is calm or agitated, and during the game you learn skills to calm down. The game taught me that these skills are good to use in life. When I was in school, I was not open-minded enough because I felt like a fish out of water. But this game is relatable to me.

I give "Max, an Autistic Journey" a 10 out of 10.This

You can check it out for yourself here: 

- Reviewed by Al Suarez, Outreach intern at the Arc of King County