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Aliens in the Attic
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this action/adventure game is based on the Aliens in the Attic movie. It contains some mild fantasy violence as each of the four aliens has its own special attack. Kids play from the perspective of the aliens trying to take over Earth. Some kids may be frustrated at the precision you need to jumpoff of one platform to make it to another platform and the unpredictable controls.
What's it about?
Once again, the aliens are coming. In ALIENS IN THE ATTIC, the video game based on the movie of the same name, the Pearson family heads to Michigan and a seemingly terrific vacation house. But the house is occupied by aliens, crusty, gremlin-sized curmudgeons who want to, you guessed it, take over the world. In this platformer, you’ll play as four aliens trying to get the Sizematron to work so they can grow as big as the humans they seek to dominate.
Is it any good?
With one to four players, you play through 15 levels based on the movie’s plot, sometimes filled with mildly humorous mayhem. The game suffers from being short, something not uncommon with movie-based games from smaller publishers. Also, in the Wii version, pressing the ‘A’ button twice to jump high doesn’t always work. And the game's difficulty ramps up too quickly.
Although the camera and graphics are nicely tuned, the fact that the double jump doesn’t work well is frustrating. Depending on which alien you choose, you can stun a human, use sharp fingernails to slash, create grenades, or use your teeth. When playing on the Wii, shaking the Wii remote lets you pull off these attacks quickly. Overall, though, Aliens in the Attic has spotty gameplay. Try it before you buy it to make sure it’s for you.
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