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Men in Black: Global Invasion

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Promising idea, but AR and slow pace are way too iffy.

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Ease of Play

Characters introduce players to new sections and playing options. In addition to thorough explanations, the app shows a brief three-point review that outlines what players need to do next.

Violence

Aliens are technically captured, not killed when defeated. Players shoot aliens with a variety of guns, but they fall to the ground still wiggling.

 

Sex
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Consumerism

Gamers see a fair amount of promotions to purchase packages of items to help with play that cost up to $99.99. Based on Men in Black movie franchise, which has spawned toys, games, and more.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Men In Black: Global Invasion is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. The game involves a lot of shooting with various weapons, but players don't see any gore because aliens are stunned and captured, instead of killed. (They can be seen moving on the ground after losing and show up later in the game on your team.) Players also won't see adult-oriented content, and they get detailed instructions as they play, including periodic recaps of what their immediate goals are. But they will get pestered for a number of promotional items to make their gameplay easier, with bundles ranging up to $99.99.

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What's it about?

Players face off against aliens in MEN IN BLACK: GLOBAL INVASION, much like the movie franchise. Hitting targets helps conserve your energy in one-on-one fights, and creatures players capture are added to their team for campaign stage battles. Gamers work toward goals like collecting certain items and, along with team members, pick up stronger firepower and other advantages as they advance. They'll eventually unlock a new kind of mission. Gamers may be able to play an AR version of the app, but can otherwise find and fight aliens on a grid-like map.

Is it any good?

While players don't need to have seen the movies to play this game, their patience will be tested thanks to the pacing of the action. Men in Black: Global Invasion's narration is generally helpful and humorous, even if it can feel like a lot of instructions are being thrown at you when you start the game. Play isn't really too complex, because you battle aliens individually, and then in a group. But that basic structure, and the fact you can toggle back and forth between the two options, can be a little unclear at first. Also, the reminder messages that pop up about collecting cards, capsules, and other items makes it seem like there's a ton to remember while playing. Fortunately, that isn't necessarily the case. Characters and weapons have different advantages, which requires checking to see if they're evenly matched with various opponents. Plus, the app keeps track of the item collection and other goals for you on an achievements board.

The group battles are the biggest drawback -- only one person can shoot at a time, and characters have to re-power periodically, so some waiting is required. In addition, the skill involved in shooting can vary. In one-on-one confrontations, the bull's-eye target marker jerks above and to the sides of the alien, so timing when to pull the trigger can be challenging. But in the group battles, aside from gauging how your opponent's ratings compare to your team's, everyone just stands in the same position and periodically shoots, and there's a max of 10 battles a day you can play. Men In Black: Global Invasion supposedly also has an augmented reality version where aliens will be projected onto your immediate environment, but changing the app settings to enable the function doesn't always seem to work. You can still play without AR -- but the map looks less dynamic. As a result, Global invasion is less of a fun alien capturing game and more of an exercise in frustration that may make you look elsewhere for entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting screen limits for games like Men in Black: Global Invasion that have multiple levels. How much time is too much to be playing?

  • How can conflicts be resolved without confrontation? Is there a way to avoid problems by simply talking instead of conflict?

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