Attack of the Movies 3-D

Common Sense Media says

Tons of gunfire in short 3-D shooting gallery game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The player takes the part of a heroic character, but the rampant gunplay at the heart of the game trivializes the violence involved.

Positive role models

There are no real characters to look to as role models. But as this is a violent game centered around gunfire, the example set by its nameless, faceless heroes is a negative one.

Ease of play

The three difficulty levels are nicely distinct from one another. "Easy" should be simple enough for just about anybody, while "Hard" will provide ample challenge for experienced players.

Violence

From the first-person point of view, the player's weapons are never seen, but you will ostensibly use pistols, machine guns, and laser cannons to blast both non-human enemies and environmental hazards. Enemies include giant insects, living statues, robots, skeletons, and spaceships. The insect enemies ooze greenish "blood" when shot. Some skeleton enemies will throw their skulls at you. Violence is mostly cartoon-like in its visual depiction, but realistic gun and explosion sounds are frequent. In the Wii version, pointing the remote directly at the screen gives a more visceral, realistic feel to the shooting.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Attack of the Movies 3-D is a shooting gallery-type game in which the main goal is to blast as many targets as possible. While none of the targets are human, some of the enemies are living beings (sharks, giant bugs, etc.) and they may ooze a non-red blood-like fluid when shot. And although the overall look of the game is not realistic, the gunfire sounds and explosions are. The Wii version is compatible with the Wii Zapper, which gives the feel of holding a real gun and pointing at the screen to shoot things. The game can be played in 3-D (if players don the included glasses), so the coming-at-you visuals that are meant to be more exciting, may also be more frightening to younger kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

ATTACK OF THE MOVIES 3-D places players into six different sci-fi/horror movie settings -- a spaceship battle, giant insect invasion, haunted house, undersea adventure, Indiana Jones-ish temple exploration, and robot attack. Each \"movie\" plays like a shooting gallery; movement through the scene is automatic (like you're on a ride following a track at an amusement park), and you must shoot relentlessly at enemies that pop up or dive toward you. Up to four people can play simultaneously (four pairs of 3-D glasses are included). Each scene can be played in either 2-D or 3-D.

Is it any good?

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Attack of the Movies 3-D works really well as a fun shooting gallery game that doesn't rely on gore (a la House of the Dead). And the more people that play at once, the more fun the game is. The timing of the pop-up enemies is well set for making players jump in surprise, and there's plenty of stuff flying at the screen to optimize the 3-D effects. The only problem with the 3-D is that it requires the use of old-school red-and-blue lensed glasses, which means you won't see all the very beautiful, vivid colors of the graphics. You might want to play in 2-D just to get a better look at the environments. Also, with six scenes that are each in the five to ten minute range, the game feels way too short. Extra life can be squeezed out of the game through multiplayer contests, but solo players will likely tire of those same six scenarios pretty quickly.

Families can talk about...

  • There are no humans to shoot in the game; does that make the violence more palatable? Is green or blue blood less disturbing than red blood?

  • Families can also discuss the 3-D effects in the game. Do they make playing more exciting? Or are they distracting? Would you rather play in 2-D or 3-D?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:May 14, 2010
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old November 4, 2010
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10
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I would mostly say tweens

Attack of the Movies blinds me in 3-D, but I win every time in 2-D form. It is a very violent game but overall, it could be E+10 for the heck of it!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 10 year old Written bybingo money July 14, 2010
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9
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9+

its a shooter game but your not killing humans you kill bugs its no diffrent from when you see a bug in the house and you step on it. but in the game green 'ooz' comes out its brief thats realy all the animated blood
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 17 year old Written byspudz June 12, 2010
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14
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it was great

love it

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