- Publisher: Numinous Games
- Release Date: Jan 11, 2016
- Also On: iPhone/iPad
- Summary: That Dragon, Cancer is an adventure game that acts as a living painting; a poem; an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green's experience raising their son Joel, a 4-year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancer. Players relive memories, share heartache, and discover theThat Dragon, Cancer is an adventure game that acts as a living painting; a poem; an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green's experience raising their son Joel, a 4-year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancer. Players relive memories, share heartache, and discover the overwhelming hope that can be found in the face of death.… Expand
- Developer: Numinous Games
- Genre(s): General, Adventure, General, Point-and-Click
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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That Dragon, Cancer Launch Trailer
Positive: 30 out of 39
Mixed: 8 out of 39
Negative: 1 out of 39
Apr 9, 2016It expands the boundaries of what peoples’ idea of video games are; they’re not just sadistic shoot ‘em ups or mind-numbing ridiculousness. Sometimes they’re real life; they’re heartbreaking and devastating. If for no other reason than that, That Dragon, Cancer deserves your attention.
Jan 14, 2016With the emotionally draining effect that That Dragon, Cancer will have on you in mind, I’d still implore you to play it. If only to further understand the harm that cancer brings, not only to those diagnosed with the disease, but to their family and loved ones too.
Jan 12, 2016Steven Spielberg once said that games could only become a true storytelling art form when they manage to make you cry. This game will.
Jan 13, 2016Although perceptibly divisive in execution and theme, it becomes difficult to imagine an individual that would experience That Dragon, Cancer and not feel richer and better off for having been immersed in its bittersweet storytelling as the end credits roll. While some might be understandably put off by the slim pickings of traditional genre fare on offer here, That Dragon, Cancer staunchly remains as an experience that everybody should let into their lives regardless.
Jan 18, 2016While it’s far from the typical video game adventure, That Dragon, Cancer is a reminder that games can be so much more than just wish-fulfillment power fantasies. It’s an important and unforgettable experience, full of pain, love and grace.
Jan 14, 2016That Dragon, Cancer tells a valuable story despite its uneven delivery.
Game World Navigator MagazineFeb 11, 2016This should go down in textbooks on marketing as an example of how you can monetize the death of your own kid. [Issue#206, p.72]
Positive: 12 out of 30
Mixed: 5 out of 30
Negative: 13 out of 30
Apr 7, 2017The people complaining about the glitches or wonky controls need to look That Dragon, Cancer again. It's not a game that you play. It's a gameThe people complaining about the glitches or wonky controls need to look That Dragon, Cancer again. It's not a game that you play. It's a game that tells a story, almost like a movie. You're just along for the ride. Yes there are some things that could be better, and there are bugs, but the point of this game isn't for it to be played. The point of this game is to tell the story of Joel and his family living through the struggle of cancer, which is something I have gone through. Because of that I was re experiencing that time of my life when my mom had cancer, and that made the message of this game so much clearer. People complain that this game costs $15, but for that price you get this real story that many people can connect with. For 4 times the price you could go buy a Call of Duty game, a game franchise that's story hasn't made me feel for a character since MW3. But that's all those games are. Fictional stories about fictional people. That Dragon, Cancer is a real story about real people. That $15 is paying for you to experience the Green family going through an extremely hard time. It's an emotional game. It's not right to rate it the same way you rate Call of Duty.
And if you can't connect to this game, go watch the videos that Mini Ladd, Markiplier, JackSepticEye, and many other people have made. See how emotional they get. Go watch the video by SoulPancake, who meets Joel. That is the character from the game you played.
I feel for Ryan and Amy as I play or watch this game, and I hope you do as well.… Expand
Feb 2, 2016Unhesitatingly honest and unabashedly transcendent, this gem is art through gaming, a celebration of life. Transformational and courageous,Unhesitatingly honest and unabashedly transcendent, this gem is art through gaming, a celebration of life. Transformational and courageous, this game needs to be experienced to be understood. Thank you for sharing Joel with us, even if all too briefly.… Expand
Jan 13, 2016In response to the claim that That Dragon, Cancer is not a game. Who cares if That Dragon, Cancer is a "game"? Seriously? It doesn't have toIn response to the claim that That Dragon, Cancer is not a game. Who cares if That Dragon, Cancer is a "game"? Seriously? It doesn't have to fit the narrow definition of "game." It has to be played, that makes it a VIDEOgame. Pretty simple really--you play it, therefore its a vidoegame. I am pretty tired of this discussion of what is and isn't a game.
Anyway, I think TDC is a great example of why, as the medium of videogames has evolved in terms of artistic sensibility, its really weird to grade them on old rubrics like difficulty, replayability, and fun factor. Critics keep doing this in their reviews though even though most people have eschewed the categories themselves.
What you need to know about TDC is that it is incredibly compelling, incredibly heartfelt, and incredibly emotionally challenging in all the right ways. Its not mechanically challenging or even mechanically novel, however, its mechanics poetically illustrate the value of grief, something I have never experienced in a game before. This game wrecked me. It made me feel for the Greens, more than that, it made me determined to love people who grieve. How does one possibly grade that experience on a 10 point scale? You can't really, or at least it feels very weird to experience that and shave off 2 points for a couple glitches and floaty platforming mechanics.
If your rubric keeps you from experiencing the emotional power of a game because of these types of things, your rubric probably needs to be thrown out. Start from scratch. Experience things as a human being before you experience them as a "gamer."… Expand
Jan 13, 2016This project had so much potential. It could have been another Papo & Yo. However it's more of a flyby with little interaction here and thereThis project had so much potential. It could have been another Papo & Yo. However it's more of a flyby with little interaction here and there rather than a "game". There are no real puzzles to solve. It's great as a story, telling the loss of a child, but as a game, it does not really justify the price tag.… Expand
Feb 15, 2016Sorry, for the loss, Ryan & Amy.
The end of the ''game'' it reads "thank you for playing'', but there is zero gameplay, nor is this a game.Sorry, for the loss, Ryan & Amy.
The end of the ''game'' it reads "thank you for playing'', but there is zero gameplay, nor is this a game. i really don't see how 14.99 justifies what i just went through. Also, imo, the controls are wonky as heck. i feel like the button mapping could have been made easier. I think i spent about an hour and a half on this, and there were a few times i was kind of stuck, once underwater trying to (incorrectly) swim up, another time in a hospital room with Joel crying on a loop, and a 3rd time infront of candles in the church where i found myself playing repeater a few times before progressing.
kudos, for the artistic approach, i thought that was a nice touch.
i'm not going to really touch too much on belief, bc i don't feel like that should warrant a positive/negative review just bc someone might share a different belief; mine, may be similar, who knows.. But, i kind of wish it was less about ''us'' knowing what exists and that Joel is alright now, and more about how Joel positively left a good imprint on others whilst he was here. it's not my story. it was heartfelt.
basically, bc of what i thought were weak controls. and, the fact that it's simply not a game. i don't feel it warrants a 15 USD price tag.
i dislike giving this a negative review. rip, Joel, and to the family, all the best.… Expand
Jul 15, 2016I want to like this game but can't because
1. Controls are clunky as hell. You can't really control what you want to do, where togo andI want to like this game but can't because
1. Controls are clunky as hell. You can't really control what you want to do, where togo and have to figure out the next step by moving the mouse around.
2. I hate kids. I can't bear baby screams.
3. I am an atheist. Sorry that you have to resort to faith but I don't care about your god who loved your child so much he killed him.
4. Most people can't relate to this game thus it is unenjoyable. When I was playing it most of the time I don't even understand what I am doing or what the message is about.
Sorry to say this but in my opinion the developers are very self-centered, whether they realised it or not.… Expand
Aug 15, 2016What a boring and pointless game. While other people are dying we must care about this kid and make a whole video game about it! The game isWhat a boring and pointless game. While other people are dying we must care about this kid and make a whole video game about it! The game is so boring and cliche that the didn't even try! I bet their kid will come back from the dead to just kill this game. Cancer is sad but it doesn't need a god damn game! You can make like books or something but a VIDEO GAME? This game is ungodly. I don't even want to call it a game for the sake of it. Oh wait my cat had cancer and died so I must make a 3 hour game that is boring and a waste of time! Know what? Everybody who has cancer must get a game! NOPE just this one kid and the game is boring and 100% cliche and unoriginal. I am sorry for their lost but WHY A GAME!… Expand
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