Active Life Explorer

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic action that will make you break a sweat.

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age 6+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The overall mission of this game is get kids up and keep them active while playing an exciting game. The way it promotes physical activity is definitely a positive message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Taken at face value, the characters may be setting a bad example by risking their lives in pursuit of treasure. But if you accept these cartoony treasure hunters as the caricatures they are intended to be, you can then look at the very positive and supportive mentor explorer who guides you through the game as a positive role model.

Ease of Play

The games require a lot of physical activity, but the actions that you must perform are all quite simple to pull off. Your own speed, stamina, and agility are the only things that might get in the way of doing well -- but, of course, helping you build up those attributes is part of the game's goal.

Violence & Scariness

The activities in the game are all based on classic action-adventure themes (jumping cliffs, dodging shark attacks, running from mummies, etc.), and as such, they almost universally feature elements of danger. There are sometimes monsters or animals that can hurt the characters; this is usually depicted by the avatar flashing and falling briefly. In some events, characters can be hurt by fire or shocked by electricity. In one, a plane is shown crashing, but the characters are apparently thrown free and have no more than spinning "dizzy lines" around their heads. In another, a bandit it tossed from a plane into the ocean below.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Active Life Explorer is a very physical game. The mini-games here include prolonged periods of running, jumping, and stepping. And up to four players can take part in most of them, playing cooperatively. Be aware, though, that there are moments of cartoony violence, including a plane crash, shark attack, giant squid attack, fire-breathing statues, and booby-traps that shock.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byGroovy Girl January 18, 2011
My 5 year old son and I have been playing this game everyday since I picked 4 days ago. It is really fun, and the best part of all....is a good work out! If y... Continue reading
Adult Written bymasoccer December 25, 2010
Kids are truly active and having fun! A great combination.

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What's it about?

ACTIVE LIFE EXPLORER lets up to four players work together to hunt for treasures in active-play mini-games. Using a floorpad controller, players run, jump, and step on different symbols in order to make their characters rappel down cliffs, jump gorges, flee from monsters, dive underwater, dodge sharks, leap across train cars, and more. The story mode casts you as a novice treasure hunter, mentored by a master explorer, and sent off on a mission to locate a slew of legendary treasures.

Is it any good?

To get to the point, Active Life Explorer is one of the best active-play games on the market. The mini-game activities are almost all loads of fun, and all are integrated very well into the game's storyline. They feel like part of the plot instead of random activities. And while many active-play games only require you to swing an arm or wiggle a remote, Active Life Explorer really makes you work out. You can easily break a sweat while playing this game. The co-op play is a blast, too. All in all, if you're looking for a fun game that will keep your kids genuinely active while they play it, this is a fantastic choice. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about active gaming. Can the exercise you get while playing this game be enough to keep you fit? Do you still need exercise outside of this? What else can you do to keep fit?

  • Families can also discuss what they like about playing video games together as a group. What can kids or parents do to help one another feel comfortable?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $59.99 (with controller mat)
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: October 19, 2010
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence

For kids who love moving about as they play

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