Ben 10: The Rise of Hex

 
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Good, inexpensive action/puzzle game based on TV series.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Brains are as important (if not more so) than brawn when it comes to saving the world.

Positive role models

Ben is a selfless hero, willing to risk his own safety for that of his friends. He is also a hero who understands the value of intellect in addition to strength.

Ease of play

Some of the puzzles can be challenging, but trial and error will eventually lead to the right solutions. The combat can be tricky on the boss battles, but is generally simpler on the run-of-the-mill robots fights.

Violence

In any of ten alien guises, Ben fights off large robot enemies with laser blasts, flame spouts, slime balls, lightning bolts, or good old-fashioned fists. Robot enemies explode in a puff of smoke and vanish. Boss battles against non-robotic, alien enemies are longer bouts, but the boss characters never appear to die as a result of the fights.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

This game is a tie-in to the Ben 10: Alien Force cartoon series. No attempt to sell other Ben 10 merchandise is made through the game, though.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii
Price:$10.00
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:May 27, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 7 years old June 27, 2010
 

what i think

love it
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Adult Written bybuketserefli February 2, 2015
 
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Teen, 17 years old Written byD_LOBEAST August 16, 2010
 
just let them play it
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