A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game is designed to appeal to dinosaur-loving kids, thanks to its accurate physical depictions of dinosaurs. Raw animal aggression plays a role, too.
Positive Role Models
The only characters in the game are mute, aggressive dinosaurs. Players take on the role of one of these creatures, engaging in combat with other dinosaurs.
Ease of Play
The controls for dodging and attacking are tight and responsive, and once you get a handle on the rhythm of each battle, they become fairly easy.
Violence & Scariness
Dinosaurs ram, tail whip, and bite, knocking each other down and over ledges. Their death is implied upon defeat, though players see no blood or physical injuries.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D pits dinosaurs against each other in one-on-one combat. The creatures look real and animate naturally, but the violence is moderate; despite being bitten and tail-whipped, they show no sign of blood. It's clearly designed to appeal to kids who are passionate about these powerful reptiles. Players can also unlock "fun facts" that provide more information about the animals they see. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who love dinosaurs will probably love this game, which is a showcase for the 3DS' graphical power. The creatures here look terrific, lumbering and prancing around with great realism. The battles only serve to enhance the realism, foregoing over-the-top moves in favor of semi-realistic looking tail strikes and horn-filled headbutts. Dino fans will also appreciate the factoids they unlock while playing.
That said, the action tends toward monotony. Our dinos wander along extremely linear paths until they bump into an enemy. Once you do find a fight, all players need do to win is pay attention to onscreen instructions and watch their enemies for simple cues. After you've developed a feel for the battle's rhythm, the action becomes easy and repetitious. Upgrades and special costumes add a bit of spice, but this one is best left in the hands of those for whom it was intended: kids who are crazy about giant lizards.
Online interaction: Players can trade dinosaur items with friends in local WiFi mode. Two players' dinosaurs can automatically battle each other or exchange gifts in StreetPass mode. No communication is involved, and no personal information is exchanged.
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