A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ben 10 Omniverse is based on the TV cartoon series of the same name. In this game, players control the central character, Ben Tennyson, as both a teenager and a young kid after a malfunction causes his friend to travel back in time. Because the game is set in a world that has become populated by monsters, players need to defeat as many creatures as possible to prevent evil from taking over. The violent content is very fantastical in nature, and it is always against non-human creatures to keep it as detached from reality as possible. It's the sense of empowerment, responsibility, and selflessness that shines through in this game, rather than violence.
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What's it about?
In BEN 10 OMNIVERSE, players follow the central character Ben Tennyson as he tries to save the world from an evil force. Over the years, Ben has grown from a 10-year-old kid with superpowers to an even more powerful teenager, but in this game, players are thrust back in time to when Ben was just discovering his newfound abilities. Players alternate back-and-forth between \"past Ben\" and \"present Ben\" as they try to track down a mad scientist bent on global destruction. Players use Ben's patented ability to transform into various aliens in order to attack a variety of creatures and to eventually foil the evil scientist's plans.
Is it any good?
Ben 10 Omniverse should have no problems appealing to fans of the TV show. Knowledge of the Ben 10 franchise is not necessary, however, since the message within the storyline is universal and the gameplay mechanics can be easily learned. The time travel aspect is interesting because it requires players to go back-and-forth between two different sets of skills and abilities. Long-time fans of the series will appreciate going "back in time" and remembering when Ben was just a little kid. There is enough of a challenge in the game to keep players engaged and satisfied, but not too much to frustrate them. All in all, it is a fine addition to the Ben 10 franchise and one that any fan should enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fantastical violence in this game and its impact. What makes the violence in this game more tolerable than other depictions of violence?
Do you think it's possible for kids and adults alike to make a difference in the world?
If you could have one special power, what would it be and why?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, integrity
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: D3Publisher of America
- Release date: November 13, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
For kids who love action and adventure
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