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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While taking out aliens using violence isn’t the most positive approach to things, the characters are trying to save other people throughout. Daniel also relies on his friends for feedback and guidance throughout, showing that not everything can be done alone.
Positive Role Models
Characters that the player controls and interact with are generally good. Some good-natured ribbing of friends takes place between the main character and his friends, but nothing too negative is spoken.
Ease of Play
The game follows a traditional approach where portions of the map are available to explore, and as more talents are unlocked, new areas become available. Controlling the character is very simple and easy to learn, and new moves and powers are explained when unlocked.
Violence & Scariness
Violence in this game is cartoony and of the fantasy sort. No blood or gore is shown. Characters simply flash and then disappear when defeated. Enemies are alien beings and may resemble humans, and some weapons such as glowing bomb, lasers, and swords are used. There is hand-to-hand combat as well and telekinetic powers.
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Very mild in terms of content, such as calling someone a "jerk," but some phrases are quite adult in nature.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a brand, based on a character that James Patterson created, so books and graphic novels are the other items that carry this name
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.
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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