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: The Rise of Hex is an inexpensive 2-D sidescrolling action game (available through both WiiWare and Xbox Live Arcade) that ties in to the Ben 10: Alien Force and new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien TV shows. There are frequent fights in the game, mostly with robots that explode and vanish when defeated, although some of the boss characters are non-robot aliens. Despite the fighting, though, there are also a load of puzzles to be figured out along the way. The game is as much about brainwork as it is battles.
What's it about?
BEN 10: THE RISE OF HEX is a 2-D side-scrolling game that chronicles the arrival of a new villain in the Ben 10 universe, an alien mastermind named Hex. Hex kidnaps one of Ben's friends and Ben -- who has the ability to transform himself into ten different superpowered aliens -- must traverse a puzzle-strewn facility to find his buddy, battling evil robots along the way.
Is it any good?
For a ten-dollar game, Ben 10: The Rise of Hex is pretty darn good. Switching back and forth between fighting and puzzle-solving adds a nice amount of variety -- as do Ben's ten alien forms, each of which has its own special powers. The game also looks very nice, with a hand-drawn animation style very similar to that of the cartoon. There's not much to the story, but it ties in to the TV show, which will make fans happy. The story's not really the big draw here, anyway, though -- it's the chance to play with Ben 10's multiple alien forms and powers, working out both your brain and your button-smashing finger.
Talk to your kids about ...
This game is equal parts fighting and puzzle-solving. Which part do you like better? Can those two different types of games work well together?
Can you play and enjoy this game without watching the Ben 10 TV show? Or are licensed games only for fans of the shows they're tied to?
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