Max, an Autistic Journey is a retro style top-down turn-based RPG filled with mini games, monsters and most of all, heart. Developed by a devoted dad who made a game with his son about his son's autism.
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Aug 19, 2016

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May 2


This was such a great write up on Max. an Autistic Journey's DLC that I wanted to share bits of it with everyone here. Link to the full review is at the bottom. Note, it does describe the DLC in detail so if you haven't played it yet, wait to read the full review after you've completed the Max's Birthday DLC to avoid any spoilers.


"I reviewed Max, an Autistic Journey shortly after it released, and liked it so much that I put it forward for Game of the Year. It didn’t win, but I still think it should have. Also since release, developer Stéphane Cantin and his son Max (the hero of the game) have been working on some DLC - which I’m reviewing right here!

In Max’s Birthday, you spend a day with Max as he excitedly wakes up eager to celebrate his birthday! When loading up the game you get a choice​ whether to play the original game or the DLC, so you can play either one without spoilers."

"I enjoyed playing the DLC, with new locations and enemies it was more than just fun a new story. It was something I looked forward to once I heard about it, and discovering how Max reacted knowing it was his birthday was just how my eldest boy reacts, it ran well and I definitely think people will enjoy this DLC also."

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About This Game

Max, an Autistic Journey is a retro style top-down turn-based RPG filled with mini games, monsters and most of all, heart. Developed by Stéphane Cantin, who is just a devoted dad who made a game with his son about his son’s autism.

During the game player’s step into the shoes of Max, a ten year old boy who must find ways to deal with everyday life while being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many players will discover a world familiar but alien to them. Some may relate to Max's story all too well. Regardless where you fall in the spectrum of life, Max, an Autistic Journey delivers an entertaining, imaginative and informative trip worth taking.

This retro-inspired RPG gives players not only a unique gaming experience, but an insight into a world many people have never seen. While the visualization of the beasts may be fantasy, the emotions and frustrations they represent are very real for a lot of people.

There are few greater inspirations in life than one's love of their child. Max, an Autistic Journey is Stéphane’s inspired interactive love letter about his son Max who was born with autism that he worked hand in hand with throughout the development of the title. While there is a wide spectrum of autism, this game focuses on Max, where he falls in that spectrum and how he experiences and deals with daily life.

  • Classic turn-based battle system featuring clever weapons and special abilities to confront monstrous manifestations of emotions and anxieties
  • Gain experience points through imaginary toy battles and by confronting your fears and anxieties to level up
  • Core retro RPG mechanics infused with multiple Mini Games such as picture puzzles, race cars and making music
  • Endearing tale of trials and tribulations from a unique perspective that inspires, educates and entertains as the story unfolds
  • Mouse & Keyboard and Full Controller Support
  • Steam Achievements, Cloud Saves & Steam Trading Cards

The developer will be donating a portion of proceeds from game sales to the Miriam Foundation, a charitable organization that helps people with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or Higher
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9/OpenGL 4.1 capable GPU
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280x768 or better Display
    • OS: Windows 7 or Higher
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware driver support required for WebGL acceleration. (AMD Catalyst 10.9, nVidia 358.50)
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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