My Child Lebensborn is a unique child nurturing game that may trigger some strong emotions. This is not a delightful game. In fact, there may be no entertaining element at all, although it is called a game. You can get some hints from its trailers and posters.
I would say that the background of this game is as important as its content. The development of this game started when a creative documentary director, Elin Festøy, met a nurturing game developer, Catharina Bøhler. Festøy developed this game because she wanted to tell people that “the war isn’t over until the hatred ends.” With its informative and instructive nature, Festøy called it a documentary game.
The story in the game happens in Norway after WWII. Lebensborn was a Nazi Germany association aiming at increasing the birth rate of the so-called racially pure children. Your to-be-adopted child, either Karin or Klaus, is a Lebensborn child. Your task is to take care of one of the children and help them survive in the post-war society. You might wonder where their parents go. One of the tasks in this game is to explore who their parents are, where they are, and what happened to them. It would take you about 4 hours to finish this game. During this journey, you seem to be in Norway in 1948 and experience the bullying and discrimination that Karin and Klaus suffered. Meanwhile, you need to cook for them and sometimes read them to bed. Your relationship with the child will change based on how you choose to say in your conversations. When you get in touch with their father, it is almost the end of this game.
This game contains some sensitive materials, such as bullying, which could be disturbing to some players. For example, a famous poster shows Klaus in the bath asking, “What is a Nazikid…”. So, be prepared to be painful if you choose to take on this journey.
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