Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Solid game can be fun for a while but may frustrate.

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Ease of Play

Moving characters and engaging enemies is a simple process, but, as more enemies come on-screen and your party grows larger, it can be hard to keep track of everything that's happening at one time. 

Violence

The violence is frequent, though largely cartoonish. One hero attacks with knives and another with a sword, but there's never any blood shown. When characters die, they fall to the ground and disappear. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an action game based on the comic and film. The game's story is different from the story in the movie but features the same characters with the same eccentricities. There's plenty of violence in the game, but it's largely cartoonish and never graphic. There are no in-app purchase opportunities, though kids may want to see the movie after playing. The game also encourages users to log in to Facebook, which isn't age-appropriate for kids under 13. 

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What's it about?

Players can choose to participate in either arena mode (with waves of enemies) or battle mode, which tells a story as you progress through levels. In either case, moving characters is as simple as touching them and guiding them to a point on the screen. Targeting enemies is done the same way, only you point at them. You can use various power-ups by pushing the upper left corner of the screen, often using a combination of characters.

Is it any good?

Drawing more on the comic than the movie, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE UNIVERSAL WEAPON is a good introduction to the story. It's a solid game with plenty of levels and different play styles, but it can overwhelm players with too many things going on at the same time on-screen, which can be frustrating. There's a wide assortment of characters to choose from, and, unlike many of today's games, there are no in-app purchases, and the game doesn't require an Internet connection to play. 

Those are odd things to tout on Marvel's part (and it does tout them loudly), but they're actually advantages these days. They don't make the gameplay any better, though, and, unfortunately, that gameplay is not engaging over the long term. It's fun for a while, then a little frustrating -- and then you're wandering over to another app and not looking back.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how judging by appearances can be dangerous. 

  • Families also can talk about the differences between fantasy and reality. 

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