- What is your Fall Guys character exactly?
Caregiver Note: Fall Guys are essentially jelly bean characters a.k.a beans for short that you use to play the game. They are 6 feet tall according to the developers. This could be a good conversation starter to allow children to teach you more about the game.
- How do you grab in the game?
Caregiver Note: To grab in the game, you can press the right trigger on a controller or use shift on a keyboard. This control is essential in the game in order to climb walls or ramps and to pick up objects or other players depending on game modes or obstacles. Learning this skill can help the player get further in the game round.
- Do you get frustrated or think this game is too difficult? Why?
Caregiver Note: There are many different obstacles and courses throughout the game and each round is random as to what obstacle you must get past. Due to the obstacles, the fast paced environment, and others playing with you, some may become frustrated. This question could lead to a great conversation about what someone can do if they become frustrated or anxious and discuss good coping mechanisms with you, the caregiver.
- What is your favorite game mode or obstacle? Why?
Caregiver Note: There are 54 different rounds and obstacles that appear throughout the game. Rounds like Hex-A-Gone will have tiles removed or disappear when you step on them. You must keep moving to stay above the ground. There are rounds that include races through obstacles like doors in which some may be blocked and you must find the correct door to get through. There are modes that have you on teams like Grab a Tail in which you need to make sure your team has the most tails on before the other team before the timer runs out. With all these different rounds, your child is sure to have a favorite. This is a great question to get a conversation going around the game.
- Have you blocked or grabbed a player intentionally during the game? Why?
Caregiver Note: Some people like to purposely block other players from obstacles or try to grab and drag them off the game board and ruin a players game experience. While this is a game feature and many people do it, it may not be something you want your child doing in order to win the game and could be perceived as cheating or bullying. For some, it may feel like control when they may feel like they have no control in their real life. Perhaps they are angry or frustrated with something that happened in their day and they feel this is a way to release those emotions. Speaking with your children on why they may do this could help you understand things they are feeling in real life and may not be able to verbalize and show. It could also open up dialogue about bullying others especially in a cyber world where they may not think their words and actions matter.
- What are Kudos or Crowns? What do you do with them?
Caregiver Note: Kudos and Crowns are a form of in-game currency. You can earn these currencies by winning rounds and in some instances, buying them with real world money. You can buy in-game costumes and emotes for your character to use within the game.
- What is your favorite costume in-game? Why?
Caregiver Note: There are tons of different cosmetic costumes within the game like looking like a flower, chicken, or even french fries! While they do not help you within the game, people will often want a costume to show off in the game or to feel more confident while playing.
- How do you deal with getting past the obstacles or other players?
Caregiver Note: For children with trauma, they may have difficulty adapting to the many different challenges and obstacles within the game. They may become easily disappointed with themselves if they don’t win the first time. Caregivers can work with children to help them understand game mechanics, show them gameplay videos, and talk through tactics of how they might tackle an obstacle. Helping them think through and solving the problems could help the child gain a confidence boost to keep trying and help them get enjoyment out of the game.
- ACTIVITY 1: Grab some paper and markers or crayons. Have your child draw their favorite costume within the game or have them make up their own!
Caregiver Note: There are so many different costumes within the game. Your child is bound to have a favorite, or have them get creative and come up with a costume of their own design? What will they choose? A purple dinosaur perhaps or a Duck with a cape?
- ACTIVITY 2: Grab some paper, markers, or better yet things like LEGO, blocks, or other items around the house! Have your child come up with their own game round and draw out an obstacle course.
Caregiver Note: There are so many different obstacles and challenges within the game. Ask your child if they had the chance to make a round for the game, what obstacles and rules they would want in it and have them draw it out or make the course by using blocks and other items around the house. Encourage your child and let their creativity run wild!
About the Author: Keri Barone
Keri lives in Orlando, FL with her husband. She is passionate about children and has been helping/taking care of them since she was a little girl. Keri comes from a family of 5 brothers and sisters including an adopted brother. Her mother has a passion for Genealogy and has done adoptee research helping people find loved ones. Having 10 nieces and nephews, Keri often researches information on TV shows, movies, and games to see if appropriate for their ages. Keri then became interested in writing reviews to help other adults find suitable content for their children, especially those who may have triggers due to trauma they have experienced. When Keri isn’t working, you can find her playing video games, reading, watching movies, and looking for pieces to grow her Harry Potter collection.
**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.