A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Positive Role Models
This is a game about fighting other characters, so it is not one full of positive role models. While part of its fun comes from being over-the-top, some attacks include flatulence and burps.
Ease of Play
If you've played Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. games in the past, you'll glide into this one with no trouble. Beginners to the fighting genre, though, may not get up to speed immediately, as there's very little in the way of onscreen tutorials (though the manual is thorough).
Violence & Scariness
There's no blood, but there's plenty of cartoon violence to be found -- with all sorts of punches, kicks, swords, sickles, lasers, burps and more. There's never never any sound of distress.
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Products & Purchases
The game is meant as a marketing extension of several Cartoon Network shows -- and could hook kids who like one show on that network to begin watching one or more others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even though Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion is a game centering around a number of popular Cartoon Network franchises, it's a fighting game that doesn't pull many punches. While the violence is all cartoonish, it's nonstop and not for young kids. Everything is over the top, but there are all sorts of bad examples, including flatulant- and burp-prone attacks along with several that are more directly aggressive.
Is It Any Good?
The Super Smash Bros. series is a cornerstone of Nintendo's gaming lineup, so cloning it with the popular stars of several Caroon Network shows seems like a can't miss idea. Unfortunately, CARTOON NETWORK: PUNCH TIME EXPLOSION not only misses, it misses by a wide margin. The levels come across as generic. The controls aren't as responsive as they should be. And the multiplayer is underwhelming, to put it kindly. The use of 3D is similarly bland. Avid fans of the Cartoon Network may enjoy the chance to interact with their favorite characters, but others should steer clear.
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