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Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Adventure game with smart puzzles is good fun for kids.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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This accessible and highly entertaining action adventure game makes great use of the DS's touch screen interface. The entire game can be played using only the stylus to perform simple and intuitive actions. You tap the elebits running around the screen to mark them for capture, then tap Zero, who races about and picks them up, charging Kai's battery in the process. The energy collected is used to power gates, move platforms and elevators, and power up the rare omega elebits that Kai collects, increasing the strength of their magical abilities. These abilities are key in solving most of the game's intriguing environmental puzzles. Players will need to spray glyphed statues with matching elements to reveal their secrets, shatter boulders with punches, and move large metal balls around with the power of magnetism. The puzzles are well conceived, and some are real head-scratchers.

The only time The Adventures of Kai and Zero takes a downturn is when the player is forced to run around hunting for generic elebits to charge up Kai's battery. They're not hard to find, but tapping and capturing gets old after a while. It's the equivalent of running around looking for random boss battles to level-up a character in a role-playing game. This one issue aside, there's little not to like about the elebits' second escapade.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release date: January 6, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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