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Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast is an endless runner-style game based on the hit Disney film. The game is aimed at younger players but still presents a significant enough challenge that older kids will enjoy it too. At first, controlling the game may be a little tricky, as the action is fast and the movements imprecise, but kids will get the hang of it. There's little violence of note (certainly much less than in the film), but parents may want to watch out for the in-app purchases. Although they're not necessary, kids could get frustrated and "buy" additional microbots to progress.
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What's it about?
In BIG HERO 6: BAYMAX BLAST, Baymax (or another character from the film) flies through a city, dodging obstacles as the user swipes right, left, up, and down. By collecting microbots, players can unlock additional characters and power-ups; gathering batteries prevents Baymax from running out of power (ending the game). Upon losing, players can continue using lightning bolts, which are awarded at the end of a level (or can be purchased). Progress in the game also unlocks a storybook of the film.
Is it any good?
When it comes to film tie-ins, Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast is probably not what you'd expect from the hit Disney film. Rather than a kid-friendly shooter, Disney opted for an endless runner-style game, but it's a decision that mostly works, given the kind qualities of the character. It's tailored toward kids and features two characters -- Hiro and Go-Go -- neither of whom are your average white male protagonist, which is a refreshing change.
The gameplay, though, is overly familiar these days, and controlling the movements takes a bit of practice, as they are imprecise. It's not a bad game, but ultimately it's nothing special, which is a bit of a letdown for those who've seen the film.
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