Parents' Guide to

3-D Dot Game Heroes

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun, creative retro adventure serves as homage/satire.

Game PlayStation 3 2010
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Anyone familiar with The Legend of Zelda, especially the older 2-D Zelda titles, will adore all the in-jokes of 3-D Dot Game Heroes. There are gags, for example, about Sir Signe, the knight who traveled the kingdom posting wooden signs in random, hard-to-reach places. The wonderful thing about 3-D Dot Game Heroes, though, is that it works as a fun adventure of its own, even if you have no idea who Zelda is. Everything that made Zelda games so enjoyable -- epic quests, puzzle-filled dungeons, hint-giving villages, a spunky fairy guide -- are in full effect here, too. There's plenty of humor, action, and creativity. And as the characters are made of three-dimensional pixels, the build-a-hero mode allows you complete and total freedom to create the avatar of your dreams. The pre-made heroes you can choose from the start -- like a dog, briefcase-carrying accountant, and Santa -- give you an idea of how creative you can be.

Online interaction: The PlayStation network hosts a character-sharing hub to which players can upload their custom-made heroes.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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