My Life as a Refugee

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    My Life as a Refugee

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    My Life as a Refugee's review

    Published: 2013-05-02, by Peter Warrior.

    UN refugee agency game

    • UNHCR official
    • Free, no ads
    • Narrative can be deeply improved

    "Raise awareness"

    My a text based game in which you have to make choices, some timed, between the different options (when any) left to you. It's like a "choose your own adventure" but instead of saving princesses and fighting dragons you have to face the horror of a civil war and make adequate choices in order to survive. Firstly, you must choose among three heart.tearing characters and follow the instructions therein.

    Every scene is accompanied by great artwork. It must be highlighted that texts are extremely brief, which is good because it doesn't become engrossed by unnecessary explicit and gruesome information, but it can be too straightforward and lacking of narrative and literary style. There's a macabre random element in every choice, so if you take the same path with the same character twice it's likely you reach a different end, usually worse.

    Often, you'll receive real trivia about refugees at the bottom of the screen, where you are used to read ads. Stories aren't placed in any certain place, but it's easy to imagine somewhere in Africa, just for a change.

    No matter how you look at it, it's a compulsory download for anyone, anywhere, even recommended for teenagers.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 02, 2013


    "…'My Life as a Refugee' successfully uses a unique, interactive concept to get their worthy message across" - The Guardian

    "…does not mince words and confronts the user with hard, painful facts and stories" -

    "…pulls no punches over the horror some people are forced to face and… is an effective tool in raising awareness" -

    "…'My Life as a Refugee' is a simple to use free application that raises awareness of the plight of the refugees of the world and gives the viewer some sort of an insight into their tragedy" - FeedMyApp

    Based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by conflict or persecution. Every minute 8 people are forced to flee war, persecution or terror. If conflict threatened your family, what would you do?

    Players face a series of tough decisions and chance events in these true-to-life quests to try to survive, reach safety, reunite with loved ones and rebuild their lives.

    The app features three stories whose characters who are separated from their families while fleeing persecution or armed conflict.

    “My Life as a Refugee” was developed by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Each story is based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by war or persecution.

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    Users comments for My Life as a Refugee

    Karisse Jackman

    by Karisse Jackman

    Apr 27, 2017  |  "OK"

    For a ngo of such global capacity better effort could have been put forward in designing this app to achieve the outcome of increased empathy towards the refugee crisis. The graphics were poor and the automated responses doesn't necessarily generate that sense of understanding in the refugee crisis.

    Hadrien Van Lierde

    by Hadrien Van Lierde

    Mar 11, 2017  |  "Awesome"


    cap the capybara

    by cap the capybara

    Jan 24, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    It's boring

    G Sikusuma

    by G Sikusuma

    Dec 25, 2016  |  "Good"

    I live in third world coutry. I know how it feels with so called poverty, wars, lack of chance in finding good jobs etc. Just need to make this game more interesting to play.

    Miranda & Jenna Games

    by Miranda & Jenna Games

    Nov 13, 2016  |  "Poor"

    I was really excited so I deleted a lot of my favorite games,IM DELETING THIS

    Sokemd Manullang

    by Sokemd Manullang

    Sep 25, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Imagine them, at least you know what they feel