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Lego bionicle: tales of the tohunga (2001)

Year: 2001

Platform: Game Boy Advance

Genre: Action-Adventure

Publisher: Lego Software

Developer: Saffire Corporation

Notes: An exploration puzzle game where the hero Toa explores the island of Mata Nui. The Bionicle series is highly and infamously appropriative due to mis-using terms such as Tohunga, Whenua, Ruru, and Pohatu; and stories from Easter Island without consulting Māori or Pasifika peoples. The game also incorporates elements of faux-spiritualism and primivitism. Consequent threats of legal action and poor publicity resulted in Lego cancelling a sequel video game and re-branding the Bionicle Mata Nui series as the “Matoran” series. Still, Lego sneaks in cultural appropriation wherever it can.

Overall Rating: With plenty of other Lego/Bionicle games to play, why not play something less appropriative, instead?