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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Daniel X: The Ultimate Power is based on a series of books written by James Patterson. It features a main character who has the power to create items and his friends, as well as the ability to transform in to various shapes such as a bird or soccer ball to get around the play area. Players will kick and punch waves of enemy aliens while trying to clean up an alien planet of its scum.
What's it about?
Daniel is an alien who’s family raised him on Earth as a human, but his real task in life is to hunt down aliens on The List. DANIEL X: THE ULTIMATE POWER picks up with Daniel fighting one alien from his list, only to be defeated and transported to a new alien world. Here he meets up with new characters who live and work on the planet and he helps them to overcome some issues with the hostile aliens who’ve taken over their world.
\ As Daniel works towards his goal of taking down another alien from The List, he uncovers a magical power source on this new planet which grants him superpowers. Similar to the far superior Metroid series of games, Daniel learns new powers to help him get through smaller openings and to telekinetic blast his way through obstacles that normal attacks won’t budge. With the support of his friends, who he can create from thin air at certain points in the game, Daniel isn’t ever truly alone while saving this new world.
Is it any good?
Initially, the similarity to Metroid was an exciting concept but it didn’t take long for the novelty of the imitation to wear off. Combat is almost purely hand-to-hand, featuring kicks and punches from Daniel while his enemies get to use weapons later in the game. Daniel does wield the power of telekinesis which allows him to grab and throw enemies across the screen. The game consists of traversing locations to find the right power to help unlock access to a new locale, which can lead to a lot of backtracking through multiple levels.
One great feature is the short puzzle segment that is activated whenever a new power is about to be unlocked. Players must trace increasingly more complex geometric shapes using the stylus, the trick being that you cannot lift the stylus nor can retrace an existing line. These small diversions in the game helped break the monotony of running from room to room and fighting any baddie that gets in the way. As a small bonus, if you have the Nintendo DSi you can take advantage of a mode which prompts you to take a photo of people and pets with the built in camera. The game will then scan the picture and tell you if the person is human or an alien.
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