Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge

 
Fantastic nonviolent spy game, ties in to Disney's website.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Children are practically bombarded with positive messages in this game. Teamwork, helpfulness, logical thinking, selflessness, generosity, politeness -- all of these wonderful traits and more are emphasized in the games dialogue and in the missions themselves.

Positive role models

It's hard to find video game characters more polite, helpful, and well-meaning than these chubby little penguins.

Ease of play

The game is well-designed for its intended audience. Young kids should have no problem with the controls, and while the puzzles may challenge them, they're all ultimately solvable with the ample clues provided.

Violence & scariness

These birds may be secret agents, but there's not a weapon to be found in the game. There's no real violence at all. The villain mostly just breaks things and creates messes (off-screen). The worst thing kids will see is the cartoony aftermath of a science experiment gone awry (i.e., a professor penguin covered in soot).

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game has a direct connection to Disney's Club Penguin website. Coins you earn in the game can be uploaded to your Club Penguin web account and used to purchased items there. Kids will also get a secret code for a special item to unlock on the website. The game comes packaged with a flyer for Club Penguin books, toys, and other merchandise.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge is a cute, nonviolent "secret agent" game for younger kids. But be aware that it is heavily tied in to the Club Penguin website, a social gaming community run by Disney. While this game can easily be enjoyed by kids who don't take part in -- or have even never heard of -- Club Penguin, the lure of extra coins, exclusive mini-games, and secret unlockable items may spark interest in the site.

What's it about?

In CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE: HERBERT'S REVENGE, you play a member of the James Bond-like Elite Penguin Force who uses gadgets and brainwork to solve mysteries and stop the bad guys. The villain in question here is a grumpy polar bear named Herbert, who reappears after being thwarted in last year's Club Penguin DS game. Here, you'll travel from location to location around the snowcapped Club Penguin island, gathering clues, interviewing other penguins, solving puzzles, and fixing messes along the way. Eventually, you'll have to catch up to Herbert and banish him from Club Penguin once and for all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge is just as marvelous as its predecessor. The mix of mystery and mini-games creates a wealth of variety; kids definitely will not get bored. Your ability to purchase new accessories and tweak your penguin's appearance is a fun element as well. But perhaps best of all, this game has a great story for young players to follow and be a part of. The overall mystery is a fun one -- and finding clues like a coded message on a chalkboard that tells you where to look next is pure joy for gadget-loving kids. Plus your remarkably polite and supportive penguin spies are alway ready to lend a hand to a bird in need, so there are plenty of side quests and mini-games along the way, like fixing broken machinery or cleaning up gloopy spills. Kids who are already hooked into the Club Penguin website will get everything they're looking for out of Herbert's Revenge, but more importantly, kids who have no prior experience with Club Penguin will get a great gaming experience also.

Online interaction: The game can connect to Disney's D-Gamer network which allows achievements to be unlocked and let's gamers chat with one another in a moderated setting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the penguin avatar kids can create to represent themselves in the game. Even though your avatar is a penguin, do you feel it represents you? Why do you choose the colors, clothing, and accessories that you do?

  • Do you consider the penguins of the Elite Penguin Force to be real heroes? If you do, what does that make you feel about other games in which the characters must use violence to become heroes?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:June 1, 2010
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:E for no descriptors (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Parent Written bykaylaone1 July 1, 2010
age 5+
 
grat game
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Teen, 14 years old Written byMeow314159 June 10, 2010
age 7+
 

A little hard....

This is a really awesome game, but I thought the only problem was that it was a little too hard. I couldn't figure out the puzzles near the end and I had to look up how to do them on the internet. So, it would have been nice if the puzzles were a bit easier because if I couldn't figure them out, and I was 12 when I played this, then I don't think a younger person would be able to either.
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Too much consumerism
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Great role models
Parent of a 17 year old Written by90skid1999 October 21, 2013
age 17+
 

i lik catz

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
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