Child of Eden

Common Sense Media says

Feel-good rhythm action game promotes physical activity.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The kaleidoscopic colors players encounter combine with relentlessly upbeat music to create a powerfully cheerful and optimistic rhythm gaming experience. It also promotes mild physical activity.  

Positive role models

The only character in the game is the titular young woman, the first person ever to be born in space. She is a beacon of hope, love, and all that is good with humanity, though she doesn't really do much in the game aside from sing.

Ease of play

Multiple difficulty levels, ranging from an “experience” mode (which is free of danger) to an incredibly challenging expert mode, allow players of all skill levels to get involved.

Violence

Players shoot energy beams from their hands at a variety of geometric shapes and virtual organisms (whales, jellyfish) in a colorful computer environment that’s meant to be a graphical representation of the Internet hundreds of years from now. Sometimes these shapes -- which represent a corruption of data -- disappear, and sometimes they transform, as in one case in which a digital flower blooms after being struck several times.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Child of Eden is a rhythm action game for the Xbox 360’s Kinect camera controller that has players using their hands to direct energy beams toward the screen. The high-concept narrative tasks players with defending the computer-stored memories of the titular girl, who is an icon of goodness for all humanity. The game promotes a moderate amount of physical activity, and its bright, kaleidoscopic colors and wildly upbeat music are, at their most powerful moments, likely to create feelings of euphoria in players.

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Kids say

What's it about?

An on-rails shooter designed specifically for Kinect (though players can also use a standard controller), CHILD OF EDEN puts players inside a computer to save the personality of a girl that has been stored in Eden, the future version of the Internet, for hundreds of years. We dive into a world of bright geometric shapes and impossibly upbeat electronic music, using our hands to fire energy beams at flashing, morphing shapes that represent data corruption. Players work their way through five levels, striving to earn higher point totals and unlocking extra features -- such as a bonus survival mode -- along the way.

Is it any good?

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It’s short, and there’s not a lot of diversity beyond its constantly shifting, wildly imaginative computer graphics, but Child of Eden is nonetheless the most compelling Kinect game available. Players have three methods of attack. The most practical is a rapid fire energy beam that can be precisely aimed with the player’s left hand. The second, a weapon that locks onto multiple targets before releasing a barrage of energy, is controlled with the player’s right hand. The third is a limited-ammunition screen-clearing attack unleashed by raising both arms together.

It’s simple, but can be wildly immersive, with no small amount of credit going to the game’s inspired shower of electronic lights and sounds, which wash over and envelop the player, and its phenomenal musical score, which is the very definition of auditory joy. At its most affecting, Child of Eden will make you completely forget your surroundings and instill a sense of pure euphoria. If you have a Kinect controller, it’s a must.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about other ways to combine music and physical activity. Does listening to powerful music help give you energy while exercising? Does it make the notion of exercise more appealing?

  • Families can also discuss the future of the Internet. Do you think we’ll be able to upload our memories to the Web one day to preserve our personalities? Or is this purely the stuff of science fiction?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:June 14, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Fantasy Violence (Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2011
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Decent and kid-friendly

I wouldn't say it's the best game, but it certainly isn't the worst. With music bursting out from every touch of a box or shape, CoE is a good way to promote kids to exercise. While only your arms move around, it is still an intriguing game where you need to destroy viruses in the main database of the future internet. Violence is minimum, as it's more eliminating a non-physical enemy without the use of actual guns. Great for parents with kids of most all ages.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJacobTheGreat2 July 24, 2011
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Really

Papaleaf, you do realize this is Child of Eden. Not Duke Nukem Forever or GTA. I have finally played it. It's really fun where you have more control over the sound than most games. You don't have to use the kinect for this game, because if you choose to, you can use the controller. It's not that violent, you are basically shooting what I think they call imperfections. The story line is pretty confusing. The only and biggest concern is going to be the seizure warning. This is so far the only game that really needs it with the high amount of neon colors. And finally, you are inside the memory banks of a computer known as "Eden" where they (somehow) got a dead girl named "Lumie" (I don't know if I spelled it right, I have always been a bad speller)
Teen, 17 years old Written byAnAlienAmI June 21, 2011
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A tremendous experience!

One thing that the official review failed to mention is that the game can be played without a Kinect and using a controller. The player can also customize up to three other controllers to vibrate in time with the music. With a controller the game plays very fluid. The controls are simple and easy to grasp. The narrative may be a little high concept for some younger players, but most won't pay attention to that. The visuals combined with the music make Child of Eden one of the strongest arguments since Flower, Okami, and Shadow of the Collosus that games are a viable art form. The game is appropriate for all ages. The minimal violence isn't even construed as violence, instead the player acts the part of a sort of anti-virus that purifies the system of contamination. The game is a little on the short side but offers a lot of replay value in the form of collectibles, achievements, and high scores. If you're not sold on the length, wait until the price drops, but do not hesitate to pick up this amazing game.

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