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Parents' Guide to

Daniel X: The Ultimate Power

By Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Alien action game with combat and superpowers.

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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: January 12, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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