Quandary- A New Ethical Game for Tweens and Teens

I have a daughter who is one of the legions of Minecraft fanatics. And I am one of the legions of moms whose eyes began to glaze over as she tries to explain to me what the heck she is doing. Normally I try to stay very on top of what she is doing on the computer, but while I know that Minecraft is a safe game for her to play, I just can’t bring myself to learn about pigs and zombies and underwater houses.

So I was super excited to learn to find an online game that is at her level, keeps her interest and sparks awesome conversation between the two of us. Gaming talk that doesn’t make my head explode? Yes please.


Quandary is like an online version of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books I was obsessed with in my youth mixed with a little bit of “Survivor” (minus the backstabbing, nudity and eating of bugs). Your child is placed in the middle of a new civilization on a distant planet and begins to make decisions for the group which directly impact their ability to thrive. Immediately, they have to weigh how their decisions impact not only them but those around them. They are forced to get input from many of the other people who are placed in the civilization with them who provide lots of different opinions. Ultimately your child uses all the information they gather to make the best call.

Lily explains it best here (kind of. I think she was eating while she made it lol):

Quandary is an award-winning game that was designed to help your tweens and teens navigate ethical issues and challenges that will most definitely come up in their real life. I actually talked to several of Lily’s teachers about it because I think it would provide for some great material for classmates to discuss. They even have a teacher guide for anyone who wants to bring the game into their classroom.

There are three different scenarios to play and multiple choices and consequences in each game so your child can really play over and over with different outcomes. There are truly no “right” answers.

After Lily played a session we talked about what choices worked and didn’t work and why that happened. There are actually guided questions for parents on the website to help you make the most out of your discussion.

Quandary was developed by a team of experts across the fields of child development, social and emotional learning, and game design. It is available on your computer or tablet (in fact tablet play offers some extra features). Check it out with your teen or tween!!

This is a sponsored post with Quandary & The Mission List. All opinions are my own, as always. 


  1. Ooh I am gonna check that out! It looks like it might be a good way to start conversations I would like to have with my tween without him suspecting that I’m engineering the conversation!
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  2. This sounds awesome! We don’t do anything like that at all, but it sounds like something Annalyn will enjoy in a couple years. And it sounds just geeky enough for me to like it, too. (I kid, of course. I know you’d never [admit that you] like something geeky…) :)
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