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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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