Gal Metal

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Interesting, cluttered music game forces rhythmic precision.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Like playing real music, practice is required if you want to do well.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player is trying to save the world. He's also trying to get his body back, but the world thing is important, too. Otherwise, little's known about him.

Ease of Play

While the controls are simple, hitting the note at just the right time can be tough, and drum patterns do get frantic.

Violence

While cutscenes include images of a character being blown up, another being shot with a laser gun, and aliens shooting lasers at Earth, there's no blood or gore displayed.

Sex

Some female characters wear low-cut outfits and the camera occasionally focuses on their cleavage. During one cutscene, characters pay attention to characters in a hot spring, though steam obscures the nudity. 

Language
Consumerism

Additional downloadable content (DLC) for the game is currently available, as is a limited edition version called the "World Tour Edition," which includes the add-on as well as some stickers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gal Metal is a music game for the Nintendo Switch. While the gameplay's non-violent, the cutscenes do include instances of characters being blasted with a laser or blown up with TNT, there's no blood or gore. Characters are also ogled while enjoying a hot bath, but any nudity is obscured by some well-placed steam. The camera will also sometimes linger on the cleavage of female characters who've chosen to wear low-cut tops. There's downloadable content (DLC) available for the game, as well as a separate version called the "World Tour Edition" that includes this DLC and stickers.

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What's it about?

In GAL METAL, a bunch of Japanese teenagers in a heavy metal band have to save the world from some music hating aliens. The problem for players is that you're the drummer, but you don't know how to play drums because you're actually a boy whose consciousness has been trapped in a girl's body by those aliens. To save the world, and get back to where you once belonged, you have to use the Switch's controllers like drum sticks to follow along with the music and accurately hit notes.

Is it any good?

While this music game is fun when you get to play drums, there's way too much between you and the music to keep you engaged. In Gal Metal, some music-hating aliens have come to Earth to take over, and it's up to you and your bandmates to stop them by rockin' out. Holding the Switch's controllers like they're drumsticks, you have to follow along with the rhythm, scoring points as you go. In other words, it's like if the drumming parts of Rock Band or Guitar Hero got their own Japanese-flavored spin-off game.

If this is all there was to Gal Metal, it would be a lot of fun. But there's a lot that gets between you and the rockin', and most of it ain't fun. For instance, the game's story is told through manga-style panels, but it goes on way too long, especially at the beginning. You also have rather chatty friends, who insist on roping you into lengthy group texts. It also doesn't help that this game's rather unforgiving; you have to be right on the beat, and there's no wiggle room. Some players might also be annoyed that the music isn't great, and also isn't that metal. But if you are looking for a drum game, and don't mind all the waiting and/or enjoy Japanese faux-metal, Gal Metal will help you rock and roll all night, and suffer from drummer's elbow every day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gender identity. In Gal Metal, a young boy is forced by aliens to inhabit a girl's body; what do you think you could learn if you were forced to do this with a member of the opposite sex? Can you understand why feeling like you're not in the body you should be would be a problem, even if it wasn't aliens that did it but how you were born?

  • How do you think practicing any skill or activity would help you in your life?

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