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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Almost every boss threatens to kill Ben, and uses mild insults against him.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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