Fossil Fighters: Champions

Common Sense Media says

Pokemon-ish sequel makes dinosaur-hunting less repetitive.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game emphasizes friendly rivalries and camaraderie among the fossil fighters, but the overall message is somewhat mixed. Players are encouraged to bond with and take good care of their vivosaurs -- in order that they will compete better in the competitions.

Positive role models

The hero of the game is enthusiastic and passionate about fossil hunting, as well as being sensible and level-headed, which is in contrast to the childhood friend that aspires to join the tournament alongside. 

Ease of play

Gameplay is turn-based and relies heavily on menus to organize information. Controls are intuitive, but players will have to read instructions and dialogue carefully to learn what to do next.

Violence & scariness

There is plenty of dinosaur-on-dinosaur brawling, but nothing graphic is shown aside from snapping jaws, and damage is indicated by a depleting health meter. Young kids might be frightened by some of the imagery; in an early scene, for example, the heroes are chased by a growling allosaurus with a mouthful of sharp teeth.

Language

There is some crude humor in reference to dino "droppings."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can connect to the Internet from this game and participate in turn-based battles against strangers. But there is no opportunity to talk to others. Using local WiFi, friends can play this game together.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fossil Quest: Champions is the sequel to Fossil Fighters, a Pokemon-inspired role-playing game where players excavate and revive special dinosaurs called "vivosaurs" and then pit them against other vivosaurs in turn-based battles. Players can use the DS's WiFi connection to compete in matched battles or upload a team to see how it stacks up against other human players. They can also download exclusive vivosaurs and quests. Up to four friends can connect locally to clean fossils together. There's some crude humor in reference to fossils of dinosaur droppings depicted as coils, and some mild violence in the form of dinosaur battles, but there's no blood.

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What's it about?

In FOSSIL FIGHTERS: CHAMPIONS, players divide their time between peacefully excavating and cleaning fossils (to revive the dinosaurs), to forming teams of dinosaurs to pit in combat against fellow Fossil Fighters, both informally, and in sanctioned tournament challenges. Players are encouraged to meticulously clean each fossil using the DS stylus as a hammer and drill because the more the fossil is cleaned, the more powerful the vivosaur will be. Fossil Fighters: Champions introduces new giant fossil rocks containing complete dinosaurs, and two-sided Odd Fossil Rocks, which add new challenges to the cleaning. There are more than 140 vivosaurs to discover, along with rare golden fossils that transform into new \"Super Evolver\" forms.

Is it any good?

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"Pokemon with dinosaurs" is still an apt description for the Fossil Fighters franchise, but the fossil excavation and cleaning aspects are interesting enough to help set Fossil Fighters: Champions apart. Battles are strategic, and success relies on becoming familiar with each dinosaur's strengths and weaknesses. The dialogue in the game can be  quite lengthy. However, unlike the original Fossil Fighters, where cleaning fossils became a repetitive experience because duplicate fossils were thrown away, in Fossil Fighters: Champions duplicate fossils are donated to the lab to earn "Donation Points" that can be traded in for rewards.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ethics of excavating dinosaurs to use them as fighters in competitions. How does this compare to real-world examples of humans using animals for sanctioned competitions, like horse- and dog-racing?

  • Parents can also talk about paleontology, using the game as a jumping off point to explore the field. Families could arrange a trip to the local museum to see some real dinosaur bones.

  • Families can also talk about how to manage time when playing a video game.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$34.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:November 14, 2011
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Dinosaurs
ESRB rating:E for Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2012
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fossil fighters champions

i think this game is the best ive ever played in my life
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fossils

Awesome . Teaches about dinos
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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