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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects combines role-playing and action gaming to let players pit their giant insects against each other in fights to earn points. The action takes place on a post-apolcalyptic earth after a metor has wiped out all human life. Fights in both single and multiplayer modes feature the creatures hitting, biting, tackling and flinging projectiles. Blows are accompanied by flashes of light, rumbling sounds, and shaking effects. As players earn more points, they can "mutate" and upgrade the look and power of their insect.
What's it about?
BATTLE OF GIANTS: MUTANT INSECTS takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which an asteroid has landed on Earth, bringing with it (surprise!) giant mutant insects. You take on the role of one of four different varieties -- scorpion, mantis, spider, or a flying ant -- and trudge through various landscapes, battling similar creatures. By defeating enemies -- and crushing buses, lampposts, and other objects in your path -- you= earn points redeemable for stronger body parts, special abilities, and custom colors. Players can play head-to-head with up to four in tournament matches or play through a solo adventure. When two creatures meet, the game shifts to battle mode, a split screen environment. You control your insect's moves by tapping and dragging the screen. For instance, touching and dragging your creature's head prompts it to bite or spit a projectile at the opponent. A \"bonus battle\" mode will let players launch special attacks that use powers to damage opponents in other ways such as freezing and igniting. There are also dodges and blocks available, controlled by dragging the stylus as well.
Is it any good?
The customization of your insect is definitely the highlight of the game; you can make your character look cool, though ultimately the upgrading has little effect on the gameplay itself. The combat system, using the stylus exclusively, is fun and intuitive, requiring no use of buttons at all. Sometimes these battle controls are a bit (ahem), buggy; tapping a creatures body part initiates an unintended action from a different limb. Overall, however, the game is fun, simple, and maintains a playful, slightly silly over-the-top tone. For the target audience, this should be satisfying experience that combines fighting, role playing, and adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the four insects available to players. Would a spider square off against a praying mantis, flying ant, or scorpion in real life? Which of the animals is the strongest in nature and what actual strengths do they posess?
Discuss favorite insects. Are their unique abilities part of their defense in nature? What are some reassons these insects might actually fight?
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