A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You help Death Jr. find and free his father. The message is positive.
Violence & Scariness
Little Death Jr. is cute, but he has a grim reaper scythe, twin pistols, flaming toilet paper and an exploding hamster to kill enemies.
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Language is light; words like "crap" are used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while kids play a young grim reaper in the game, the main character is very cute, almost huggable. There's nothing frightening here; it's just an adventure with monsters that aren't very scary. Still, there are weapons young Death must wield like twin pistols, an exploding hamster, and burning toilet paper sent airborne with something that looks like a gun launcher.
Is It Any Good?
As you move through the strange but compelling 19 levels, you can save the game at any time. You'll use buttons on the Wiimote and Nunchuk a lot since there isn't a ton of motion sensing movement in gameplay here. Shooting and aiming is an exception. Still, the lack of motion sensitivity doesn't spoil what turns out to be a delightful romp through very imaginative environments, especially when you're in a restaurant where encountering sweet syrup makes you see the environments as if you were spinning and dizzy.
ROOT OF EVIL itself may be a tad short, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a kind of early Halloween with Death Jr., Pandora, and the rest of the cute creeps within. In fact, game-aware parents may be called upon to help with later levels, which can be somewhat difficult to finish. But these challenges just add to the sheer joy of play.
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