Active Life Explorer

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic action that will make you break a sweat.

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What parents need to know

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

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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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.

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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?

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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. 

Families can talk 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 (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byGroovy Girl January 18, 2011
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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 you want to keep your kids (and yourself) moving while playing something fun...then this is your game. Be prepared with a glass of water near by, and to take a shower after the game. My son and I certainly worked up a sweat! The Adventure hunt part of the game is great for multi players. There were some tasks that we had a hard time doing as a team, so after we tried a couple of times...if we couldn't do them with two players, then we just opted to play that task with one play (sometime it was my 5 year old instead of me as he has faster feet :)). Once that task was completed, then we went back to playing together. I found this extremely helpful. My son also likes playing the Free Play mode on his own. He can play the mini-games he likes over and over, and also at different skill levels. Keeps him challanged, and interested...and IN SHAPE! Great game. Thanks for the recommendation. I only purchased it based on the reviews it received.
Adult Written bymasoccer December 25, 2010
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6
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Kids are truly active and having fun! A great combination.

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