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Brave: The Video Game

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Average movie spin-off has mild but persistent violence.

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Brave: The Video Game is a middling video game spin-off filled with predictable and repetitive action. It sacrifices the film's stirring relationship between its mother and daughter characters in favor of serving up a constant flow of running, jumping, and sword-swinging action. The battle mechanics are competent and should prove engaging for younger audiences, but parents who opt to join in will likely find themselves yawning after 15 or 20 minutes of the game's decidedly repetitive brawling combat. Since this game is so combat heavy, it may turn off some of its targeted audience of girl gamers.

The puzzles -- simple logic conundrums that require players to noodle out the proper order of steps to achieve a specific goal -- are a highlight, and the archery mini-game for Kinect players will get kids up off the couch, if only for a few minutes. However, Brave: The Video Game is, by and large, just another video game adaptation of a good film that squanders its source material.

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