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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this fun puzzle game shows off some innovative gameplay possibilities of the Wii system. Kids can even create their own puzzles and share them over the Internet -- Common Sense Media recommends that parents supervise this part of the game for kids under age 12. This game has mild blasting with a capture beam where no one gets injured. Some of the puzzles encourage recklessness by allowing you to pick up everything in a room and try to break it.
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What's it about?
ELEBITS is a high-tech version of the old favorite hide-and-seek, an action-puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii system that showcases the unique gameplay possible with the Wii controller. The premise is straightforward: Lightning has knocked out the electricity to a house, and the way to restore it is to find and catch little electrical beings known as Elebits, with the wireless Wii controller as your seeker. As you collect Elebits, electrical things within the room will become available to be turned on by firing your beam. The game provides 29 Elebit-seeking missions that get progressively harder; objectives vary in terms of the amount of watts you need to collect and the length of time you have.
Is it any good?
This is an intriguing game that will appeal to both girls and boys. Some kids will approach it as a hide-and-seek puzzle, where careful planning pays off. Those who like fast-paced action will treat this game as a type of "shooter" and revel in hunting for Elebits by grabbing onto objects and then tossing everything in sight.
The time constraints at each level encourage the aggressive "wreak havoc" approach. It's too bad the game didn't provide the no-time option from the get-go because, for some, the pressure to find the Elebits fast gets in the way of the fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why this game is so much fun. Do you feel like you have more control over what you're doing in the game with the Wii controller? You can also discuss the physics of the game. What happens when gravity disappears? Is this what would really happen? Was it fun to trash and break items? How does the game help you strategize?
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