An immersive, narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores themes of faith, hope and love.
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Very Positive (521 reviews) - 90% of the 521 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 11, 2016

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March 14

That Dragon, Cancer on Sale & Numinous Games team is heading to GDC

Hi All,

I just wanted to send out a quick note as we sit here in the Seattle airport on layover to San Francisco to say thank you for your support over the last few months as we've released this game and all that comes with this sort of thing.

We're on our way to GDC because our project was nominated for the Independent Game Festival this year for Excellence in Narrative and Excellence in Audio. We're honored to be part of the festival, and we're looking forward to meeting more people at the IGF pavilion as we demo the game once more.

We couldn't have completed this project without the support of our backers, and we couldn't have atteneded GDC without the generosity of a few who raised the funds for us to go! And, we wouldn't be able to continue making games with out the support of all of you!

So, thank you!

This is also a big week for the filmmakers of Thank you for Playing, who were able to raise the funds to release their film about our family and the game in theaters. The film will be premiering in NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Friday.

We hope to see some of you at GDC!

-Ryan, Amy, Josh, Jon, Ryan C, Brock, and Mike

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January 31

1.0.1 Released - Release Notes

We've released our first update with fixes. Please let us know immediately if you have any problems! This is our first one and we're still working on the kinks. We weren't able to get to all of your reported bugs, but we're working on them for the next release.

Global Issues

  • Inverted mouse and controller now functioning
  • Removed the FPS label for f-key

Park at the Edge of the World
  • Player could get stuck on bridge in park
  • Clicking fast while traveling over bridge could get player stuck in park
  • Walking to the first voicemail too fast could get the camera locked

End of Treatment Party
  • Added another photo in the hallway

The Temple of Man
  • Had to look too far up to trigger lights

I'm Sorry Guys, It's not Good
  • F key was triggering fog horn sound

Drowning
  • Bottle near Chair audio was very low.

Joel The Baby Knight
  • After first fireball, Joel's avatar was spawning under the ground
  • Baby knight was spawning off screen
  • Scorpion crawling through ground

Dehydration
  • Player could get stuck coming in from window
  • Player could get stuck between bathroom and room

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Reviews

“I think it might have changed me in some way that I'm yet to fully understand. ... If you play this game, it may change you.”
Polygon

“I’ve played a lot of games...but nothing has felt as important or rewarding as making Joel giggle”
The Verge

About This Game

"This is where we go to remember our son Joel, up through here along this path. We want to show you who he was, and how his life changed us. Can we walk here together for a while?"

A videogame developer's love letter to his son; an immersive narrative driven experience to memorialize Joel Green and, through his story, honor the many he represents. That Dragon, Cancer is a poetic and playful interactive retelling of Joel’s 4-year fight against cancer.

Using a mix of first-person and third-person perspective, and point-and-click interaction, this two-hour narrative experience invites the player to slow down and immerse themselves in a deeply personal memoir featuring audio taken from home videos, spoken word poetry, and themes of faith, hope, despair, helplessness and love, along with in-game tributes to the loved ones of over 200 of our Kickstarter backers.

Can you find hope in the face of death?


Note: Thank You For Playing is an independent project, produced and directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and David Osit. The Green family along with the rest of the Numinous team did not produce the film, but they are very honored to be the subjects of the film.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes (Headphones highly recommended)
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion or higher (64bit)
    • Processor: 1.80GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes (Headphones highly recommended)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Tested on Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04, 15.10 / Latest Steam OS
    • Processor: 1.80GHz dual core processor
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Sound Card: Yes (Headphones highly recommended)
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Vaults
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is by no means a "game", however, this is a story that you definitely want to experience. I played this game with my girlfriend and as we were completely and tragically immersed into the story we couldn't help but cry and feel for the family. Beautifully designed and well written to pull on your heart strings, I'd recommend this story to anyone, just have a tissue box near by for the waterworks.
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Τομα Δομινικ Ματε
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A good story game , with a really sad hapenned (!) story. The game is short for its full price , but i think it may worth buying this not just on sales . Just play it through , you wont regret it.
Editing: i played it till the end whitin 2 hours.
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Delacroix
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game was actually really good, I enjoy being told a story that is, and feels truly genuine. I can see how people are mad about the religion portions,but honestly I understand the characters/family. I'm nota religious person, but I'm sure that is something that bad was happening in your life you would turn to something.

My one gripe about the game, was that it can be very confusing what you are supposed to do next. Sometimes I felt like I was just clicking things until i found what i needed to progresss the story.

Either way, atruly touching story.
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naspuck
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The most beautiful and yet sadest experience of any media I have ever experienced. Thank you for making.
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hawthorne007
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
No I'm not crying, I just got something in my eyes...yes both of them.
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TonightEmpireHero
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
So thanks to Good Game which is a tv show on ABC in Australia I found out about this game
I knew since the begining I was gonna deal with feels
Now while I am not interested in the christrain reglion due to the extremes of people in it runining it for me
This was actually done properly in a way of people who aren't insane or stupid about it
One of my fave bits of this game was when the children were told the story about the dragon cancer and saying how logically Joel is a baby and a dragon can kill the baby
showing a lot of realism in this which makes sense since this is based of a true story

There were moments I felt the pain of the parents moments I felt like I was in their shoes
I don't have children and personally don't want too
but if I ever did and was dealing with a child who had cancer so much emotions and pain would come with it
sadness
anger
fear
Another moment in this game was when the father feels like hes drowning while the mother was on a boat still trying to have hope

As I said while I am not a reglious/christain person and more believe in the satanism reglion but more in a aithest way
I think its good to push my own views aside about how I feel about a "god" and see from the perpecpestive of this game
I know I keep bringing up reglion but it is one of the big themes in this game due to the parnets views

At times I felt like this game could also work with VR due to the walking and seeing everything if VR becomes more of a thing I really want this game remade for VR at least in my opinon

I know I'm kind of rambling on at this point since I only just finshed the game
but there was so much emotion behind it and I love emotional stuff like this it shows we are only human going through our own struggles in life and expressing it through a video game is just amazing

Overall
the game may have its themes not everyone will agree with reglion wise but in general
its a beautiful story with so many feels and so much you learn wheater your a parent with children or someone with not a child

Cancer is a cruel evil monster and its a shame how much people have died from it even in one bits with the cards got so emotional

Dragons in general maybe interesting creatures
but the dragon cancer...
Will always be a cruel dragon
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[♥] #JEWwin
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I wanted to love this game, I really did.

It made me feel more emotions than I thought a game could ever make me feel. The first half of the game felt very immersive and I got as close as I will ever be to feeling like my child was dying of cancer. I cried at the bad news; I observed the cards celebrating life and comiserating in death.

However, I cannot overstate the importance that Christianity plays in the crux of this experience. As someone who is not Christian, the second half of the game alienated me. It became extraordinarily hard to identify with Joel and his family. I feel like ultimately this is the undoing of an otherwise remarkable experience.
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NoviceGamerGirl
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
If you don't like kids, don't play this game. You won't care about anything.
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Bravocash
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I'm sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing Joel's story.
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jodycallahan
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
This game is brilliant, heartwrending, but somehow uplifting. It's about how you fight, and where you draw your strength when there is no clear victory in sight. I wish I could play this game again for the first time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
50 of 64 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
FOUR STARS. BUT............

I wanted to love this game, AND I DO, but about halfway through it gets REAL preachy. I am NOT religious at all and it took me right out of the experience I was having. (which was wonderful and sweet,up to a point)

I have family that I have lost due to cancer and this game brought up a lot of feelings and is very well done.

But if you are not religious and that kind of thing doesnt appeal to you I cant say you will like it as much as someone who does have the burden of religion weighing them down.

I will say that I did cry up until a certain point and then it got hard for me to relate to them.

I do recommend a play through because it is a wonderful way to remember someone that was loved very much.

But its hard to take anything away from it other than that when I dont believe the same things they do.

Still amazing, and very beautiful.

I did have some idea about the religious part of it from the trailer and the description but I thought it would be more subtle.

This was just face blasting me with god at certain points which ruined it for me.

But, to each their own. I am not writing this to judge anyone, just letting the other godless heathens like myself know whats up.

But I am still glad I got to play something that meant so much to this family.
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
In finished this game on saturday and I'm still crying.

I´m so sorry...
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57 of 91 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I wanted to love this game, I really did.

It made me feel more emotions than I thought a game could ever make me feel. The first half of the game felt very immersive and I got as close as I will ever be to feeling like my child was dying of cancer. I cried at the bad news; I observed the cards celebrating life and comiserating in death.

However, I cannot overstate the importance that Christianity plays in the crux of this experience. As someone who is not Christian, the second half of the game alienated me. It became extraordinarily hard to identify with Joel and his family. I feel like ultimately this is the undoing of an otherwise remarkable experience.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This game is brilliant, heartwrending, but somehow uplifting. It's about how you fight, and where you draw your strength when there is no clear victory in sight. I wish I could play this game again for the first time.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I'm sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing Joel's story.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Really an interactive movie than a game, made me cry 2-3 times, very moving.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
No I'm not crying, I just got something in my eyes...yes both of them.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Every once in a while, you come across a story that genuinely moves you. Makes you feel something deep inside of you. It's the difference between laughing out loud at something versus typing LOL as a rote response to what you read on your feed. This story went beyond any that I had ever experienced.
It didn't make me cry. Crying can be done with your dignity intact. Crying can be a quiet means of expressing grief. This game made be bawl like a little child who had just lost sight of his parents in the supermarket. Thirty minutes after finishing the game I was only just beginning to recover from it.
This is not something everyone will enjoy. I would specifically recommend you shy away from itnfor a while if you recently lost someone close to you due to cancer. That Dragon, Cancer will dig up those feelings, will force you to deal with them even if you thought you had long since come to peace with them.
This game tells a story, one too familiar to too many people. If you play this, you must do so prepared to grieve. This is a game worth playing, a story worth experiencing. It is worth your time. Just be prepared for how it will affect you after you finish it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
So thanks to Good Game which is a tv show on ABC in Australia I found out about this game
I knew since the begining I was gonna deal with feels
Now while I am not interested in the christrain reglion due to the extremes of people in it runining it for me
This was actually done properly in a way of people who aren't insane or stupid about it
One of my fave bits of this game was when the children were told the story about the dragon cancer and saying how logically Joel is a baby and a dragon can kill the baby
showing a lot of realism in this which makes sense since this is based of a true story

There were moments I felt the pain of the parents moments I felt like I was in their shoes
I don't have children and personally don't want too
but if I ever did and was dealing with a child who had cancer so much emotions and pain would come with it
sadness
anger
fear
Another moment in this game was when the father feels like hes drowning while the mother was on a boat still trying to have hope

As I said while I am not a reglious/christain person and more believe in the satanism reglion but more in a aithest way
I think its good to push my own views aside about how I feel about a "god" and see from the perpecpestive of this game
I know I keep bringing up reglion but it is one of the big themes in this game due to the parnets views

At times I felt like this game could also work with VR due to the walking and seeing everything if VR becomes more of a thing I really want this game remade for VR at least in my opinon

I know I'm kind of rambling on at this point since I only just finshed the game
but there was so much emotion behind it and I love emotional stuff like this it shows we are only human going through our own struggles in life and expressing it through a video game is just amazing

Overall
the game may have its themes not everyone will agree with reglion wise but in general
its a beautiful story with so many feels and so much you learn wheater your a parent with children or someone with not a child

Cancer is a cruel evil monster and its a shame how much people have died from it even in one bits with the cards got so emotional

Dragons in general maybe interesting creatures
but the dragon cancer...
Will always be a cruel dragon
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
very beautiful and moving, a bit short for $15, but think of it as a piece of art rather than a traditional "game"
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