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Once across the Ohio River, they quickly learn life in the North -- where people are "free" -- can be treacherous. There is danger and difficulty facing the young girl on the road to freedom. Along the way, the players cross paths with abolitionists and slave owners. They make decisions that affect how the flight to freedom ends. Players learn how people’s choices – from small, everyday acts of resistance to action that sought an end to slavery – changed our nation for the better. Basically, it's a video game about slavery and the abolitionist movement. Kirk Hamilton, who reviewed Lucy's flight on gamer guide Kotaku.com earlier this week, was impressed and said the game was engaging and actually quite good:
"After arriving in Ohio, I learned that I was anything but safe. Act three begins a year later, in 1849, and while Ohio was a free state, slaves were still deemed the legal property of their owners, so 'Slave Catchers' would come across the border looking to catch escaped slaves and return them for a bounty. A whole new raft of troubles, danger, and agonizing choices awaited Lucy. What will happen to her? Only one way to find out.
I am impressed with Mission U.S., both for what it's doing and for how it's doing it.It's a well-made game, and it treats its characters and its players with respect. It manages to convey some important aspects about the experience of slavery in a way that is appropriate for kids (I haven't seen anyone get beaten or hanged or heard the n-word) but can be appreciated by adults as well."Click here to get a free download of the game, and also to read more about its production by Channel 13, the PBS affiliate in New York City. The trailer is here: