That Dragon, Cancer Reviews

That Dragon, Cancer is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Jan 12, 2016

Like inventing and describing a new color, That Dragon, Cancer tries to describe something indescribable, and does an admirable job of it.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2016

A beautiful game but not quite successful for me as a social experiment.

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7 / 10
Feb 12, 2016

Story of a kid who passed away because of cancer, it is impossible not to cry while playing this game. It's a bitter experience for those who don't know anything about this dragon (cancer). Hats off to those patient and brave families who are victims of this dragon.

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Jan 11, 2016

The minimalistic approach and slow pace That Dragon, Cancer takes won't appeal to everyone, but it does contain some fiercely moving moments and a very unique overall experience.

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7 / 10
Jan 12, 2016

A very brave attempt to use video games to inspire empathy and share grief over one of the most sensitive subjects imaginable.

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71 / 100
Jan 12, 2016

The emotional core of That Dragon, Cancer is real—so real, in fact, and so personal, that I ended up feeling like an outsider looking in. I pitied the Greens for having to endure this awful series of events, but I did not come away feeling connected to their experience, or enlightened by it. This was not because the game tried but failed to connect with me, but because it didn't.

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75 / 100
Jan 22, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer does not excel in its gameplay, but the story of Joel Green is one that players will remember for a while. This is as genuine as storytelling gets in video games.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2016

So, from a subjective standpoint, I would argue that, despite not being a great product, That Dragon, Cancer is still very good at what it does – forging a link with its audience and delivering a love-filled, mercilessly sad, story. It's being sold as a product, it should be criticized for that, but it should also be praised for the things it does so very well.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer is a beautiful experience, if one that would have benefited considerably from having content cut to improve the flow, pacing and tone.

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75 / 100
Jan 15, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer tells a valuable story despite its uneven delivery.

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8 / 10
Mar 8, 2016

A genuinely affecting love letter

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8 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2016

Although 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.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2016

The Greens tell a brave story with That Dragon, Cancer. Joel Green's life may have been short, but it was an important, beautiful life that's now being shared with the world.

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Jan 18, 2016

While 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.

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Jan 18, 2016

This autobiographical game explores the death of a boy and shows the possibilities of the medium of video games

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8 / 10
Jan 19, 2016

The representation of a familly dealing with the protracted illness of a child is well done, but wasn't as interesting to me as the exploration of faith that was inextricably woven into it.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2016

This is a brave, important experience, and one that feels like a form of therapy for the creators. That Dragon, Cancer is truly unforgettable.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2016

A moving and incredibly poignant game, that succeeds in what it's trying to accomplish despite its many missteps. If you're into interactive narration, you should definitely give it a try.

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Jan 15, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer is a game that you will lose. You will not beat it. You don't win. Even This War of Mine has "winning" conditions. It is so fitting that this is a game, not a movie. From the jilting scene transitions to selective interactions, the dioramic games within the game to the increased level of abstraction and perspective changes, the mode of storytelling works. But it mostly excels at being a lesson that as much as you can "game-ify" elements of life, you will be confronted with perma-death—real death.

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IGN
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Although not every part of That Dragon, Cancer works, it's a crushingly intimate game that left me thankful for the people who are still in my life, and reflective on those who are not. I'm so grateful to the Greens for sharing their experience.

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