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Ben 10 Omniverse

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TV-based action game with puzzles, some fantasy battles.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game shows players that anyone can be a hero, no matter how young or small. In addition, even though there is a lot of combat and action in this game, there is a stronger emphasis on solving puzzles and using brain power to get through tough situations.

Positive role models

The central character, Ben Tennyson, has been gifted with special powers but rather than use them for selfish reasons, he puts his powers to use by keeping the world safe and free of destructive alien creatures. Unlike most other superheroes in comic books or movies, Ben is still just a kid and yet he exudes excellent characteristics like responsibility and altruism.

Ease of play

For the young age group that this game targets, there should be enough of a challenge to keep players engaged and focused. The game is manageable as long as players concentrate and follow the instructions that are presented to them. The most difficult areas are those with a lot of monster creatures to defeat, as well as the boss battles late in the game. There are also numerous puzzles that players need to solve, many of which require some cognitive reasoning and/or trial and error.

Violence

This game does place a large emphasis on fighting; however, it is all very fantastical in nature. Players transform into various alien creatures to attack other-worldly enemies using fireballs, lasers, and other fictitious weapons. There is also some hand-to-hand combat, but because it is not depicted as humans fighting humans, it is easy to divorce this content from reality. In addition, players only engage in violence in order to get rid of evil creatures. The stronger message from the game is about being selfless and saving the world.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

This video game is based on the Ben 10: Omiverse TV show, and could be looked at as a way of marketing that show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
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

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Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bybatmandad June 22, 2013

Lego style team work, Low violence and addictive action

Great game with action and very playable. My boys of 5.5 and 7 loved it and could not put it down. Agree with commonsense main review on content. No blood and guts, but still lots of easily playable action.
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