Captain Forever Remix

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Campy sibling fight frustrates, pleases with juvenile humor.

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Positive Messages

Playing with siblings, even ones that annoy, can be fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play ships that are part of kid's imaginations; no real characters here.

Ease of Play

Customizable controls, but can be very tricky to attach small pieces exactly where you'd like them.

Violence & Scariness

Gameplay focused entirely on shooting other ships, but there's no blood, human-on-human violence.

Language

Quite a bit of trash talking from young kids, who use words such as "butthead."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain Forever Remix is a downloadable space shooter. It's a follow-up to Captain Forever with a bit of sibling rivalry thrown in. The kids (and pets) rib each other, putting down each other's ships and performance in silly ways. That means using phrases such as "What if I call you 'Captain Loser'?" and "Your ship is a pile of junk!" Gameplay requires strong fine motor skills, as you often have to navigate and build at the same time. Graphics are cartoonish with little-kid gross-out humor. That means snot-covered planets, a face missing a nose, and a close-up of a fly.

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What's it about?

It's Saturday morning, and Kevin challenges his sister to a game of Captain Forever. She agrees to CAPTAIN FOREVER REMIX -- but only if she gets to be the hero. You play as the sister, designing a ship from a variety of parts and then setting out to destroy other ships, which seem to be largely captained by the household pets. If you destroy a ship, you can pick through the debris to replace or upgrade parts on your own ship while still defending yourself. Your goal is to get through 10 levels of increasing difficulty (with some extra time to rebuild your ship between levels) to defeat King Kevin. If you lose, you're back to square one, possibly having unlocked a new kit of parts. There's also a sandbox mode where you can play with any of the ships you built (including those that were altered mid-game) in a free-play space.

Is it any good?

This is a sibling video game battle at its most challenging, most silly, and most absurd. Expect to be frustrated and annoyed on a regular basis as another ship sneaks up behind you and blows you to smithereens, just as you were about to make it to the next level. Despite (or because of) that, Captain Forever Remix is strangely addictive. It requires some strategy; building a ship that steers well, can defend itself from multiple sides, and has the firepower to take on stronger enemies is no simple feat. Plus, it requires some fast finger action and the ability to think on your feet.

Where will you attach the swanky new weapon on your ship? Will you replace or repair damaged parts? You don't have a lot of time to decide. The game has the general feeling of an early '90s arcade game with matching juvenile humor. It can be very difficult to get past later levels and requires quite a bit of patience to destroy enough low-level ships to get the parts to defeat higher-level ships, which is probably the biggest con. Some kids may lose patience and become frustrated. But if you like a challenge, Captain Forever Remix always has you feeling like you were this close to making it to the next round, which will keep you coming back for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "trash talking" during games. What are things you've said to others or have been said to you while playing a game? When is it fun, and when does it feel mean? How does trash talking fit into the concept of being a good sport?

  • Discuss ship design. What are some things you learned about design? Does it matter where the thrusters are or if you have thrusters of different levels? Where's the best place to put weapons? How does your ship design affect your gameplay? What's the best design you've used so far? What makes it the best?

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