What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie-based game is a fast-paced action/adventure game that contains almost non-stop combat. However, the fantasy violence that saturates this video game involves special agent guinea pigs who are fighting animated household appliances who have been reprogrammed to do damage. Players will be battling paper shredders, waffle irons, radios and the like using a variety of guns and whips. And while these machines can seem menacing, they never cross over into being scary. The game relives the plot line of the movie.
What's it about?
In G-FORCE, the video game based on the movie of the same name, you control Darwin, the leader of the G-Force group of specially trained guinea pigs, and his sidekick Mooch, a housefly. G-Force is on a special government mission to infiltrate and stop bad guy Leonard Saber from reprogramming all the world's appliances to do his evil bidding. This linear game is made up of 25 missions that involve stealth, combat, and creative platform-puzzling. When playing as Darwin, you can use an electric whip, a variety of guns, and a jet-pack to hover. As Mooch, you can flit into tiny spaces and even slow down time as you use your special powers to disrupt electrical frequencies.
Is it any good?
If your kids like fast action and lots of combat, they will love this game. Each of the 25 missions is about eliminating threats in a location so that you can reason out how to navigate in the environment to get to a goal. The threats are constantly changing which keeps the game interesting. At first you are simply pestered by waffles irons that want to eat you, but as you progress through the game, you will have to learn how to take down more challenging opponents like water coolers that have a spin attack or paper shredders that throw sharp blades. The environmental puzzles are also very well done. In some, you get to drive a hamster ball while shooting; and in others you must figure out how to make a laser beam follow you to destroy closed doors while not killing you.
Because of the game's intensity and the constant fantasy violence, this is a game best played by kids 10 and up. For parents concerned about violence in their kids' lives, this is a shooter game. However, kids are firing at renegade appliances. This game is fun for kids who thrive on games that provide a high adrenaline rush. You don't have to have seen the movie to enjoy the game.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether you were drawn to this game because it is based on a movie, or whether the game itself was of interest. Do you think the advertising for the movie influenced you to buy the game?
Did you identify with the guinea pig character you were controlling? Is playing as a guinea pig similar to playing as an avatar?