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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages camaraderie when stakes are high, chances for success are low -- but also promotes intellectual property theft.
Positive Role Models
Main characters try to be responsible figures in media.
Ease of Play
Many management systems, but main action itself is straightforward, strategic.
Violence & Scariness
Rock-'em-sock-'em-style punching battles. Cartoonish, no gore.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chroma Squad is a downloadable adventure homage to a show parents might remember: Saban's Power Rangers. It's similarly aimed at kids and people who were fans of that show, taking a bigger behind-the-scenes look at what goes into bringing a TV show together as they try to get it off the ground and onto the airwaves. Action plays itself out in turn-based battles and in managing your staff and making studio decisions. Combat is cartoonish, but there's no gore or blood. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content.
Is It Any Good?
Chroma Squad is so bursting with charm it's hard to find fault with its handful of small issues. Despite how complex the game might sound, it's actually fairly simple throughout all the show's seasons. What remains -- as new enemies and better production values are added -- is a growing emphasis and strategic need for teamwork as you manage each of your units through every episode. That basically means deciding whom to send, where to place them on the field, and whether to have them act alone (for example, attack) or be poised for collaboration (sending teammates sailing through the air further or backing someone else up on an attack).
Directing action in episodes is where most of your efforts will go. When not in the studio, you'll need to make decisions about how to respond to fan mail and all other email that pops up (which can end up affecting your bottom line and overall reputation). You also have to choose which upgrades, if any, to install in the studio (which you can quickly run out of, if you're an adept player) and which equipment to buy or craft for the actors. For a silly game, it's impressively thoughtful: The actors get into interesting debates about representation in media and their responsibility to do something different and revitalizing, instead of being stuck with old or insulting tropes.
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