Review: Chinese Parents
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|My Rating:||Adults - 18+|
|Genre:||Visual Novel / Other|
|Review Published On:||May 20th, 2020|
Your child's progress is saved automatically after each turn, and you have multiple save slots to work with. This allows you to raise several families at once, if you really wanted to.
The main issue with this game is that it depicts growing up (and life in general) very realistically.
The gameplay itself is broken into turns. Each turn, you need to complete one of two minigames, spend knowledge points to learn new skills, and witness different events in the child's life. As the game progresses and your child gets older, you'll also guide them through writing contests, help them manage their time with friends, and optionally do some chores for extra pocket money.
Once you've completed the day's activities, you select six ways for them to spend their free time. Which options are available depends on their age and what skills you've taught them, but every activity is useful in some way. In addition to boosting stats, every activity has a chance of teaching the child a new Trait. Traits are used during a form of social combat, called a "Face Duel". Rarer traits do more damage to opponents, so it pays to find them!
Eventually, it will be time to worry about the Gaokao exam. This is a grueling placement test that all students take, and it's unlikely that your first several generations are going to be able to earn high marks on this test. However, it's important to try hard, as the results of this test strongly influence the child's future.
Once the test is over, you'll need to choose someone for them to marry. However, this is not a forgone conclusion. Courtship is a risky business, and if you didn't direct your child to spend time building a relationship with someone while they had the chance, they can end up marrying a total stranger. This isn't a terrible tragedy, but your family's bloodline will get a permanent stat boost if you can arrange a successful marriage. As it is, your child's career will change the family's stats for the better, allowing their bloodline to build on the successes of previous generations, making each generation more capable than the last.
Unfortunately, the fact that this game handles growing up realistically works against it to some degree. Serious topics come up from time to time, and children might not be ready to talk about or face them. Puberty, for example, is discussed fairly openly, especially if the child you're raising is a girl.
Ultimately, this game isn't going to appeal to everyone. It's slow, quiet, and requires some attention to detail, but since you never really know how children will turn out, it's fun to watch them grow up. Despite the occasionally problematic topics and events, I'd still say I've enjoyed playing it, and would suggest it for older fans of casual games.
Points of Interest
Concerns and Issues
Some of the daily random events are also pretty big red flags. For example, the father might come home drunk and act out, he might attempt to slip the baby a sleeping pill, or he might leave some naughty magazines where the child could find them.
But this attitude isn't entirely rejected, as the father will occasionally comment that certain subjects (eg, computers) aren't for girls, implying that sometimes a little sexism is okay.