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Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Pro-environment message poorly executed.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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Unfortunately, ECO-CREATURES: SAVE THE FOREST's strong pro-environment message is undermined by frustrating gameplay.The Wood Spirits are hard to wrangle, don't always follow orders, and have a habit of wandering away or getting stuck on scenery. Also, Dorian will die after a couple of enemy hits, making him an ineffective general -- yet it's essential to have him close to the enemies since you can't issue commands to the Wood Spirits unless he's on the same screen. The game is unreasonably difficult at times, and controls and goals aren't always clearly explained.

There's some depth to Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest, but gamers will have to decide whether the frustration is worth the effort.

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