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Pocket God: Journey to Uranus
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pocket God: Journey To Uranus is more a collection of mini-games than it is a guilty-pleasure experimentation in ways to torture the natives. While the original game became a hit by offering numerous ways to kill the pygmies, this one lets you drag them across the universe to various planets, where they can be used to launch one of three arcade-style games -- or tortured in new ways. (It may not be the sole focus, but there's plenty of pygmy torture going on here.) It's not a good choice for young or impressionable kids.
Is it any good?
While the original Pocket God was an amusing experiment in cartoon torture (and a terrific guilty pleasure), Pocket God: Journey To Uranus falls a bit short. There are a few new ways to torment the pygmies who stare in awe at the worlds you drag them to and, once again, there's an infinite supply of them, but the real thrust of the game is the three mini-games -- clones of the arcade classics Joust and Tempest as well as a remake of the "flick the pygmies into the volcano" game from previous installments. They're fun remakes, but there are plenty of other clones of those games about. And with a series this popular, you'd expect the fun factor to be ramped up -- or at least for there to be more to do in the game. It's a buck well spent for enormous fans of the series, but easily bypassed by others.
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