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Play Products: Emotes Rescue Quest

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Welcome to my next post in the series “Play Products.” In this series, I will be discussing play therapy products that I frequently use in my work as a play therapist.

As a disclosure, I have no connection to the marketers of this product. I am simply recommending this product to you all because I believe in it! 

Today’s post will focus on the game Emotes Rescue Quest. This is a child therapy game that the director of the clinic I work at recently purchased. It was definitely a good buy because both our clinicians and clients love it!


Emotes Rescue Quest is a research based game that was created by psychology students at Loyola Marymount University and used at their various internship sites. The really cool thing about the program is that they have books, cards, stuffed animals and many other tools that can be used in child counseling as well.

So who are the Emotes? The Emotes are these creatures that each represent a specific emotion. This includes happy, angry, frustrated, mischievous, and many more. The one thing that I have to say against the Emotes is that there isn’t an Emote for the feeling sad! It was pretty shocking to me when I realized this! That being said, so many of my clients have connected with the Emotes and want to play the game again and again and AGAIN! (which I’m totally okay with!)

The great thing about this game is that it works with children on a multitude of things, including……

  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Identification
  • Labeling Feelings in Self
  • Labeling Feelings in Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Coping Skills
  • Bodily Cues of Feelings
  • Perspective Taking
  • Sharing and Taking Turns
  • Increasing Ability to Focus
  • Attending to Small Details

and so much more!!


The object of the game is to save the emotes from the game’s evil villain, Dr. Viro. Players have to earn power chips by successfully completing  a task in either the “do” or “say” cards. Another option to earn a power chip is fight the evil Dr. Viro (by rolling a dice of course!)

Once the players collect power chips, they have to land on the “save an emote” space in order to save an individual emote with a power chip. If a player is the first to save all of the emotes, they win the game!


I can’t say enough about this game! I love it because it works on a multitude of skills in addition to appealing to clients. I have so many clients that come back week after week begging to play this game. I highly recommend it to anyone working in the field of child therapy.

Have you played Emotes Rescue Quest before in your work as a child therapist? Tell me about it in the comments below! Until next time, Play On!




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