A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features strong themes of friendship and family, with the characters all working together throughout the adventure. The characters are also working to help others in need, saving the town and its people throughout different points in time.
Positive Role Models
The characters in the game are all fun, friendly, interesting characters. The kids are adventurous and kind, finding bravery where needed. The game showcases the adults, such as Sherry's parents, as loving and supportive family members.
Ease of Play
Despite appearances to the contrary, there's a surprisingly steep difficulty curve. Although active and inactive party members improve at the same rate, finding the right combination of characters to use can be tricky. Also, Isaac needs to be protected at all times, which can be frustrating when the enemies decide to target him.
Violence & Scariness
While the game's full of splashy battles, the violence is generally mild and cartoonish. Most of the characters' weapons are things like hair dryers, backpacks, and frying pans. One character's main weapon is a classic fantasy sword, but since most enemies are mechanical creations, there's never any blood or gore onscreen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a role-playing adventure game available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Players take on the role of a young girl, her friends, and a robot as they travel back and forth through time to try and solve a mystery and save their town. The game features strong positive story themes of friendship, family, and helping those in need. Combat is a part of the story, though the fighting is more cartoonish in nature, with players using everyday objects and magical abilities to defeat an army of mechanical enemies. The game relies heavily on text to tell its story, so players should have good reading skills to understand the plot. It also requires a fair amount of character management and menu navigation.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes in life, the events that surround us not only affect us in the here and now, but occasionally, they can affect the lives of generations to come. That's the idea behind the light family-friendly RPG (role-playing game), Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers. It's an interesting idea, though the plot can get a little confusing sometimes with all the game's back and forth time shenanigans. It doesn't help that the story unfolds without the benefit of any voiceovers, meaning that to follow what's happening requires a lot of reading. It slows the pace of the game considerably, but skipping out on any of the dialogue is done at your own risk, as some offhand comment made earlier is often a key to making some sense of later events.
Combat in Destiny Connect isn't difficult to get the hang of, but it can require some sudden shifts in strategy. The player's party is made up of two human characters and the robot, Isaac. While the other party members can fall in battle, losing Isaac is an instant "Game Over," making protecting him a key component of combat. This can get particularly difficult when the opposing party decides to gang up on your mechanical teammate. Isaac can shift roles with his Transformation skill to help out, but unless you've got some healing skills or items handy, he can easily get overwhelmed if you're not paying attention. That said, keeping an eye on the turn order of characters and planning a couple of moves in advance is usually enough to come out on top. While Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers requires a good bit of patience and … well, time … it's an entertaining and imaginative adventure that should appeal to both kids and kids at heart.
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