The Heartache of Parenting
My Child Lebensborn is a heartbreaking simulation game by Sarepta Studio. Players adopt and raise a Lebensborn child while facing hostility and discrimination from their community. The title takes place several years after WW2 with tensions still running high. Money is tight for your little family, so you’ll have to make some harsh decisions. Will you work overtime to get by or spend quality time with your little one?
Lebensborn refers to an organization on Nazi Germany that strived to up the birthrate of Aryan children. Often born to unwed mothers, the association also set up adoptions with parents deemed to be racially pure. After the war these Lebensborn children faced great discrimination. As the adoptive parent of Klaus or Karin, players must shield their child from hatred while also taking care of their basic needs. What makes My Child Lebensborn so compelling is how truly challenging this is.
Parenting is a balancing act and it’s no different in this title. Each day you can feed, bathe, and play with your child. However, there is only so much time in a day. You won’t always have time to do everything, so you’ll have to pick and choose. Buy or forage for food to cook. Purchasing food costs precious money, while foraging takes time.
Of course, interacting with your child is key to their development. You’ll have opportunities to draw with, toss a ball and play hide and seek with your child. Playing with your little one makes them feel loved, but it takes precious time which could be better utilized elsewhere. The way you respond to your child influences their worldview and personality. For example, your child says their best friend is saying funny words. Do you tell them not to speak German anymore? Or is it okay if they are having fun? Pay attention to your child’s facial expressions to see how you’ve affected their emotions.
Honestly, this title gets depressing. It’s impossible to meet all your child’s needs each day. You basically must choose which needs to neglect. I didn’t expect a game about Lebensborn children to be happy, but it would be nice if the game held a bit more hope.
Light On Content
My Child Lebensborn Lite only allows you to play through about a weeks’ worth of game days. To continue you’ll need to cough up $2.99 for the full version. While the price seems fair, I would have preferred a few extra days in the lite version before having to decide if it was worth the purchase. However, it seems the premium version offers sufficient gameplay.
My Child Lebensborn is a unique simulation game. You’ll find yourself struggling with choice as you try to shield your child from a hateful world. The storyline is not only intriguing but offers historical insight into the years after WW2. However, watching your little Klaus or Karin suffer is very depressing. Overall, My Child Lebensborn is an enjoyable game if you can handle the bleak setting.
Is It Hardcore?
My Child Lebensborn is an engaging, if depressing, simulator where each choice influences what your child becomes.