Parents' Guide to

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Imaginative adventure game lets players build vehicles.

Game Xbox 360 2008
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+
Not like the older ones at all
age 3+

Great game

This is an extremely easy to play game where you build vehicles out of blocks, wheels, engines, etc. You can test and keep fixing until it works. It teaches balance, steering, and the difference between a vehicle moving slowly and quickly. You can also paint and dress up your creation. A great game for kids of all ages, and easy enough for even the youngest game fans.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Nuts & Bolts is an exercise in daring design. The game's makers have come up with half a dozen truly inventive environments to explore that must have seemed crazy on paper, including the inside of a game console and a giant plant enclosure filled with twisting vines called the Terrarium of Terror. What's more, they've taken the bold step of tearing down the so-called "fourth wall" -- the imaginary barrier separating the game world and the player. The story is written from the standpoint that all of the characters know that they are in a video game. A bold and strange move, but it works.

Meanwhile, players have been provided the means and opportunity to design their own vehicles from the ground up. Building a custom ride is a lot like playing with Lego building blocks: just snap together engines, seats, bits of chassis, and accessories until you're happy with the result. Creating the perfect vehicle takes time and might end up being a little frustrating for younger players (make sure to connect a fuel tank to your engine, or you won't be going anywhere), but it can prove enormously satisfying for those who put in enough time and effort. If you're looking for that rare game that lets you build rather than destroy (at least most of the time), Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is a good choice.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Subjects: Hobbies : building, Science : engineering, electricity, physics
  • Skills: Tech Skills : digital creation, Self-Direction : achieving goals, set objectives, Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, hypothesis-testing, logic, Creativity : developing novel solutions, imagination, making new creations
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 11, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate