Final Fantasy XIV – Picture Book – The Namazu and the Gratest Gift review – Basic Bedtime Tale


If you’re a parent trying to balance things like playing and caring for a child, my heart goes out to you. It’s hard enough to find time for yourself as a working adult, let alone raise another life; especially if they are not old enough to be entertained. While this book, The Namazu and the Greatest Gift, won’t solve that problem, it will allow you to share your love of Final Fantasy XIV with the most important people in your life.

This picture book tells a fable of three Namazu, essentially tiny fish, trying to get a wise mountain otter to fill their river with torrential rain. The sage accepts on one condition: the Namazu give him something no one has ever seen before. The story is accompanied by some sweet watercolor illustrations that children will love very much.

The short story is an interesting novelty, but I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone who isn’t planning on adding it to their bedtime story rotation. Sure, the images are nice to look at, but you know exactly how the story is going to unfold and unfortunately there’s no background, just a white void. It’s by no means a bad book, adults just aren’t the target demographic.

If you are a parent who wants to share their love of gaming with young children, Final Fantasy XIV -Picture Book- The Namazu and the Greatest Gift is a good choice. It’s a simple, uncomplicated tale with cute characters and a sweet moral.

—David Flynn

David is the kind of person to wear his heart on his sleeve. He can find positives in anything, like he’s someone who loved Star Fox Zero to death. You’ll see him play all kinds of games: AAA, Indies, jam games, games of all genres, and write about them! Here. On this site. When he’s not writing or playing games, you can find David making music, playing games, or reading a good book. David’s favorite games include NieR: Automata, Mother 3 and Gravity Rush.

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