Tournament of Legends

Common Sense Media says

Frantic mythological fighting game with moderate violence.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a fighting game, in which all the combatants are competing to see who can take over the role of the god of death.

Positive role models

The fighters here all thoroughly enjoy the damage they cause. They're battling for the privilege of becoming the new god of death. They also mock their opponents mercilessly.

Ease of play

The game has multiple difficulty levels, and each is just as challenging (or easy) as it's supposed to be. The control scheme is simple and works well.

Violence

This is a fighting game in which various legends from world mythologies bash each other with swords, hammers, axes, and spears. They also blast one another with magic spells that cause fire, electrical, or ice damage. When a fighter is hit, there is sometimes a splash of red -- though it is honestly difficult to determine if this is meant to be blood or just "red energy," since there are splashes of other colors as well. There are no "fatalities" or crazy gory attacks. Fighters can also be damaged by monsters or obstacles in the arenas, such as the tentacles of a giant squid or the stomping foot of a giant.

Sex

Some of the female characters wear revealing outfits. One skeleton warrior has a special move called the "money shot," a term which he shouts when he uses the corresponding magic spell.

Language

The term "money shot," though typically used in reference to an extravagant scene in an action film, also has sexual connotations within certain contexts.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite the inclusion of various world mythological figures, Tournament of Legends is a modern-style fighting game in which those classical characters use contemporary speech. It is violent, though not excessively bloody. It features scantily clad women warriors. And it sometimes has a juvenile sense of humor.

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

In TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS, characters from various world mythologies (a minotaur, a valkyrie, Medusa, Jupiter, etc.) duke it out in multiple classical settings to see which of them will usurp the throne of Thanatos, the god of death. None of them have noble motives in this quest. During the fights, combatants will use weapons and spells against one another (you can choose which weapons and spells) as well as dodge environmental hazards such as charging centaurs and snapping dragons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As fighting games go, Tournament of Legends is a pleasant surprise. It has several unique elements that make it feel very different from other games in the genre. You can assign various spells and weapons to your fighter, for instance. And in between "acts" -- as they call the rounds of fighting -- you can play a mini-game to repair damaged armor and regain some lost health. A few more characters might have been nice -- but the dozen you do get are nicely varied. And the jokes are just plain cheesy. But still, Tournament of Legends is a good, solid fighting game for appropriately aged players.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real myths and legends from which these characters derive. Are you familiar with all of them? Does the game make you interested in learning the stories of any of the characters?

  • Families can also discuss the violence in the game. Why are fighting games enjoyable? Are there different levels of violence -- some that are acceptable in a game, and some that aren't?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:July 6, 2010
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

This review of Tournament of Legends was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 15 years old Written byCrimsonFear July 6, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Appropriate, but bad.

Yeah, there's fighting in this game, but it's like the stuff in Power Rangers. So yes, it is appropriate. On the other hand, it's just a bad game. Absolutely dull and uninteresting game-play, along with cheesy one-liners that will make you want to break the disk in half.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families