The Guardian: TDV Missions

The Guardian: TDV Missions


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  • Great message
  • Educational
  • Excellent design
  • As a game, it's not that engaging
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"Stop The Violence"

Reviewed by / Jul 21, 2014

An original game that teaches the characteristics of abusive relationships

The Guardian: TVD Missions is based on a popular video game available in Spanish and English which was developed by Jennifer Ann's Group, a company aiming to teach parents and teens against dating violence.

What do you need to do? Become a guardian and recognize three dangerous behaviours of your character's partners by finally giving them confidence to break that abusive relationship.

The game's idea is undoubtedly fresh and appropriate for teens to become aware of violence in relationships. The design is also engaging and well-crafted and this could easily be a recommended app in high schools.

Necessary and educational.

Developer's original description available here
"The Guardian" is the award-winning video game from the 2014 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Guardian, playable in both English and Spanish, is designed and developed to help teens, parents, and teachers understand teen dating violence. Every challenge in this 3-in-1 video game presents a different teen dating violence dilemma.

In this educational game you play as The Guardian and are assigned three young people who need your help to recognize the dangerous behavior of their dating partners. The Guardian accomplishes this through three unique types of gameplay.


Stage One: Tap -n- Fly
First you will need to fly over, under, and around obstacles to get to your young charge when you recognize abusive behavior!

Will you be flying at night or during the day? Will it be in clear weather or through the rain? Guess what ... ? It depends on the time of day and the weather where YOU are because The Guardian dynamically updates based on your location, time of day, and current weather!

Will a rainy day game be different than playing with clear skies at night???

Stage Two: Answer the Quiz
Once you get to your young charge you need to alert them to the abuse - but you can only do this if you are able to accurately identify the type of abuse involved! How much do you know about controlling behavior? Or about alcohol abuse? Digital abuse? Sexting? To help your teen you will need to be able to identify all of these warning signs of an abusive relationship - and many more!

Stage Three: Rotate to Gain Confidence and Support
After successfully addressing three types of abuse for your teen it is time to encourage them to seek help - using your smartphone or tablet you will be tilt-ing them in the right direction!

When you have successfully helped one of your teens you aren't finished - you have a total of three teens that need your help so there's no time to rest on your wings! Can you help all three of your young people and earn your golden wings?


"I loved that you used three age groups and that both genders were represented; great job!" - Dr. Elizabeth L. Richeson, Psychologist

"Outstanding! Amazing effort." - Simon Carless, Chairman Emeritus of the Independent Games Festival

"Excellent style and graphics." Professor Jon A. Preston, Program Coordinator, Computer Game Design and Development at SPSU

"When we heard about the contest we felt it was a very important cause to participate. Our goal was to create an entertaining game in wich people learn about TDV while they play. We believe videogames could be useful tools to help and awarn people about this worldwide problem that is TDV." - Javier and Damian from 99UNO, creators of The Guardian


The Guardian: TDV Missions is a fantastic casual educational game created to protect teens, tweens, and young adults from teen dating violence, a problem which affects 44% of all students by the time they graduate from college. Teen dating violence is more than just physical or sexual abuse, it also includes emotional, psychological, and verbal abuse too . . . and it can happen to anybody regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status . . . it is an equal opportunity problem and awareness is critical to prevention.


This game is brought to you by Jennifer Ann's Group, a nonprofit charity which has been producing video games to protect teens from dating violence since 2008. Jennifer Ann's Group is named in memory of Jennifer Ann Crecente, a high school senior killed by her ex-boyfriend. In her name we are protecting teens from dating abuse through awareness, education, and advocacy.

Together we will #stopTDV.

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