A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that despite its earnest and good-intentioned young hero, this action adventure game is really all about fighting. The fighting is cartoony but there is a lot of it, coupled with a fair amount of name-calling. There's a respect for martial arts in the story, but the nuance involved in understanding that such skills can be used in good ways and in bad ways might be lost on some younger players. And many of those younger players may be the very children who want to play this game, as they may already be fans of the Dragon Ball comics, cartoons, and toys.
- Parents say
- Kids say
The only thing bad about this game is what Mercenary Tao in the early part of the game. Who throws a spear in the air hitting a man. And also Yamcha's rude language. No curse words its just plain rude. Any thing other than that is just plain fine and also fun for your child. Enjoy!
What's it about?
The story behind DRAGON BALL: REVENGE OF KING PICCOLO revolves around the search for seven magical spheres -- dragon balls -- which, when put together, will grant wishes. One of the balls belonged to the grandfather of young hero Goku. His search for his family heirloom brings him into conflict with the evil Red Ribbon Army and other villains in search of the dragon balls.
Is it any good?
This side-scrolling fighting game starts off with a nice old-school feel to it, but soon becomes repetitive. For instance, the first three bosses you'll encounter, though very different looking characters, all put you through what is essentially the same battle. And bosses are the game's biggest problem -- they're far too difficult. The interior of many levels can actually be deceptively easy, which makes it all the more frustrating to suddenly find yourself engaged in a near-impossible boss battle. The only way to survive is to either be really good, or to replay early levels over and over until you earn enough money to buy power-ups that will increase the size of your anemic health meter. There are no power-ups to replenish your health meter during boss battles, which is excessively punative to young kids trying to enjoy a video game. The two-player tournament mode is much better and can actually be a lot of fun, provided you've unlocked enough characters from the solo adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ways in which martial arts can be a good thing. Why have they, throughout history, been so repected and revered throughout so much of the world? What good traits can one learn from martial arts? What's the difference between two people sparring in a martial arts competition and two people getting into a fight?
Parents can also engage their children in discussion of racial stereotypes. How can simply the way a person's face is depicted be offensive to some people?
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