DiscStorm

Game review by
Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced arcade arena play held back by repetitive action.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Goal is to hit opponent with your discs; no real story to back up any positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Centered on five characters whose main goal is to slay their enemies.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is easy to understand but still takes a couple tries to master.

Violence & Scariness

Characters use Frisbee-style discs to slay their opponents; violence is very mild, with no blood, gore. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DiscStorm is a downloadable retro-style action-packed disc-throwing game. Players must defeat enemies by throwing one of the three discs they hold. Battles take place in a variety of locations, but the goal of each level is the same: Defeat a number of enemies, including regular bad guys, mini-bosses and the final boss. While players "slay" enemies with their discs, the violence is pretty mild, and there's no blood or gore shown.

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What's it about?

DISCSTORM takes place in a variety of arena venues including a rocking pirate ship and haunted palaces and around railroad tracks. Players face off against a variety of enemies including robots, skeletons, and pirates. You have to be fast and on top of your blocking and dashing skills to outrun the bad guys, who also use their own discs to injure your player. An upbeat soundtrack and a variety of levels is available for local play with friends; the multiplayer online option is still in the works.

Is it any good?

This game is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat disc-throwing frenzy of arena action. Though the gameplay may seem repetitive, players are constantly kept on their toes thanks to the fast-paced nature of DiscStorm. Although there's really no story line to follow, each level is an action-packed, disc-throwing free-for-all, with some fun mini-games in between. Since there's really nothing too deep to think about or puzzles to solve, the game is simply fun to play while you try to get as many knockouts with your discs as possible, as quickly as possible. Each level has regular old bad guys to beat before the mini-bosses and finally the big bad bosses that are harder to kill. Backgrounds are constantly changing, but the goal is the same: Get your discs flying as soon as you can to get as many bad guys as possible.

The controls are easy enough to learn, but mastering the skills necessary to shield your health takes some time to master. Plus, levels get more challenging once you kill the first level of enemies, as mini-bosses and big bosses lay traps to destroy you (the angry ape that throws deadly bananas and the giant eyeball that shoots lasers are a few examples). Eventually, you'll figure out the best way to block and outrun the discs that come flying your way, all while throwing your own discs as quickly as possible at the enemy. That frequently means using angles and props on the levels to destroy opponents faster. Though the repetitive gameplay and lack of story somewhat ground the high-flying nature of DiscStorm, the fast-paced action will keep the attention of some players for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how video games looked 10 and 20 years ago. Are the graphics in this game similar? How do video games that are made today look different?

  • Does this game seem violent to you? Why, or why not? Do the bad guys look fun, or are they scary to you?

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