A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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