The Pixels and Papers Podcast did a fantastic hour long review of Power Outage and can be found here
Hans Chun, indomitable DM of Time2Table Top wrote a review of Power Outage on his blog here http://infintitytowerdm.blogspot.com/2017/03/interlude-look-at-power-outage.html
Outage addresses games for kids in a few important ways:
– it gives ideas of how to play the game with kids as young as 4 years old. When I say ‘ideas’ I mean that PO gives you tips to remember the difficulties you may experience running games with children in each age category.
– There are also tips on how to simplify the play materials (character sheet and cards) to make the game more accessible at each age category. Throughout the rulebook PO gives you ways to deal with running games across age brackets so that younger kids can play with older.
– PO is designed so that combat can be toned down or removed entirely. As a parent I appreciate this because in our family we don’t consider violence an answer to a problem. It’s a huge hurdle to overcome in the RPG hobby where combat is a significant part of most games. – Hans Chun
After looking it over, and reading available modules, I was honestly impressed. The concepts of learning through gameplay are in each part of the game. From Shakespearian Quotes, to logic puzzles, and super powers, the game challenges children’s imagination AND reasoning. The game is also VERY well adapted for school use as everything can be scaled to the audience: From non-combat alternatives to each encounter to the child describing themselves and super powers, and no strict limitations. There’s no Elf, Human, Dwarf/ fighter, wizard, bard. One kid can be a robot, another a shapeshifting mermaid, and the third a Dinosaur. The game world is quite useable with a history you want to see more about in future editions. – Kieyotie McDermott
A fun game filled with logical problems and EXTREMELY well balanced premade characters. A perfect game for children to be creative and work together to solve sidekick like problems. However, the game can be re-crafted to a more mature game. With premade characters so well made mathematically, I urge adults to give this game a go for their guild interested in an interesting HOMEBREW. Check it out. – Jay Kennedy