Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

Common Sense Media says

Puzzle/battle mix makes for a thinking kid's action game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game projects that Intellect is just as important as strength when it comes to being a hero.

Positive role models

Ben is heroic, cares deeply for his grandfather, shows concern for the safety of his friends, and understands the responsibility that comes with his superpowers.

Ease of play

The action controls are simple to grasp. But, some of the puzzle sections can be quite challenging in that there are no instructions supplied -- the player must not only solve the puzzle, but quickly figure out what needs to be done to solve the puzzle. Once you've determined your course of action, though, the puzzles have an acceptably fun degree of difficulty.

Violence

In his various alien guises, Ben fights alien, robot, and human enemies. Combat is mostly hand to hand, but also involves blasting with fire, frost, slime, and lasers. There are small explosions and groans of pain can be heard. When defeated, enemies fall down, then disappear. Human enemies, who are boss characters, get up and escape after defeat.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Almost every boss threatens to kill Ben, and uses mild insults against him.

Consumerism

The game is tied to the popular Ben 10 Alien Force series on Cartoon Network. Other Ben 10 toys are advertised on the back of the instruction booklet.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon-based action game requires a lot more brainwork than one would initially suspect. Not only are there several straightforward puzzle sections in the game, but a good deal of "action" sections involves figuring out which of Ben's ten alien personas is needed to get past a specific obstacle. There is plenty of fighting as well, as this is essentially a sci-fi superhero game, but this adventure requires equal parts brain and brawn.

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Kids say

What's it about?

BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE: VILGAX ATTACKS features characters from the Ben 10 Alien Force TV show. As in the show, teenage Ben Tennyson has the ability to transform into any of ten different aliens, each with very specific powers and abilities. In Vilgax Attacks, Ben's squid-headed archenemy conquers Earth and Ben fails to stop him. Ben and his friends travel back in time, following clues left by Ben's grandfather, in order to defeat Vilgax's army before it can defeat the Earthlings.

Is it any good?

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For an action/adventure game, Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is a surprisingly cerebral game. The central object of each level is "How do I get from here to there?" and the central challenge is figuring out which of Ben's alien powers will help you accomplish that goal. Yes, there are bad guys to fight along the way (and even with the fighting, certain alien forms work better against certain enemies), but the more challenging aspects of the game involve thinking along the lines of, "If I use the Swampfire to burn those branches out of the way, then I can use Humungasaur's strength to move that wall." Some levels can be quite tough, but all the more rewarding when completed. The game also has a crisp, attractive graphic look. All in all, Vilgax Attacks is the best Ben 10 game so far.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about games based on TV shows. Can playing a video game add to your experience when watching a TV series you like? Can it detract? Are you more or less likely to play a game if you're already familiar with the characters and plots?

  • Parents can also discuss the use of logic in video games. Is a game more fun when it makes you think? Is it okay to want mindless action in a video game every now and then?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:November 3, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bynickaloaden May 10, 2010
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great for kids
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Kid, 10 years old January 2, 2010
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I think that this game is super awsome. Note: This is from one of my friends.
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Teen, 17 years old Written bydarkroses January 8, 2010
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i love it is it safe and fun. no worrys
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