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The Stonecutter

 

 

SCORE: 60

The Stonecutter 

 

The Stonecutter on the Wii U is an interactive storybook. Families can make multiple choices while playing The Stonecutter. Ultimately the The Stonecutter software is trying to get the person playing to a certain area of the story. Which means there are multiple dead end threads in The Stonecutter. Once you reach one of these dead ends the game asks if you want to start over or go back to that last choice.

In about fifteen minutes I went through all of the choices in this downloadable only video game. If you are not versed in this Chinese fable then I will be spoiling some things for you coming right up. You were warned of spoilers. The story in The Stonecutter revolves around a poor stone cutter. He wants to be rich, and gets it. He wants to be a prince, and gets it. He wants to be the sun, and then a cloud, and yes he gets it. He finally wants to become a stonecutter again.

The Stonecutter is all about envy. In the end the man who started out as content becomes discontented. He then lusts after other things, and a mountain spirit gives it to him. After being all these different things he ends up right back where he started. He is content again, and is happy to be the lowly stonecutter. The Stonecutter could be used to tell poor people to stay there and never try to get better.

The voice acting in The Stonecutter is okay. There are nice images in this Wii U game. A variety of Asian areas and pictures are shown in The Stonecutter. There are more choices in The Stonecutter than there were in Red Riding Hood. Ultimately The Stonecutter takes us down one path. I wish I could have stayed content as a rich man, or a prince, or a cloud, or the sun.

There is okay art work put on top of scenic pictures in The Stonecutter. I like the lesson of being content with who you are, and the station in life you have. At the same time I strongly believe in trying to better oneself. The dark side of the lesson in The Stonecutter can lead to complacency and laziness. The whole mountain spirit aspect of The Stonecutter will offend some families.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 50%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Wii U
Publisher: Brave Rock Games
Developer: Brave Rock Games
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
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