Godzilla Unleashed: Double Strike

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Brawler marred by gameplay and technical gaffes.

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Positive Messages

Godzilla, as the "good guy," goes around the world destroying alien crystals and fighting other monsters and military vehicles that get in his way.

Violence & Scariness

Non-graphic cartoon violence. Godzilla and friends battle other monsters and military vehicles.

Language
Consumerism

You play as Godzilla and other monsters from the Godzilla franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is full of cartoon violence as Godzilla and other monsters fight, but there is no blood. The game is rife with gameplay and technical issues that make it a questionable choice for players of any age, including Godzilla fans.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I cried because it sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the DS it really sucks! Bad graphics,BAD gameplay, ect.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

I Threw Up!!

I think it's a game perfect for all GODZILLA fans.If you think it's a stupid game;you WILL enjoy GODZILLA:Destroy all Monsters MELEE.

What's it about?

In GODZILLA UNLEASHED: DOUBLE SMASH, strange crystal shards slam into Earth from space and threaten to disrupt the planet. Godzilla, as the \"good guy,\" goes around the world destroying the crystals and fighting other monsters and military vehicles that get in his way.

Players begin the story mode by selecting two monsters from the Godzilla universe, such as Godzilla, Mothra, or Gigan. Action is spread across both the top and bottom screens of the Nintendo DS, with one monster on the ground and the other monster (typically Mothra or another flying beast) in the air above dispatching enemy planes. You can switch between monsters on the fly by tapping a shoulder button.

Is it any good?

It's a neat idea in theory, but unfortunately gameplay falls flat for several reasons. Hit detection is poor, and the monsters' moves are basic and sluggish to execute. Levels are unimaginative, consisting of repeating cityscapes with wave after wave of the same types of enemy that can be easily dispatched (or simply avoided) with little strategy or thought. The monsters only look straight ahead and can't turn around to face backwards, which makes boss battles maddening.

Another serious complaint is that you can't save the game during story mode -- if you quit half way through, you'll have to start back at the beginning. The only way to complete story mode is to play it all the way through in one sitting, which is an unfair time commitment and a primitive throwback to arcade games of twenty years ago. It's hard to call Godzilla Unleashed: Double Strike anything less than a profound disappointment. The King of Monsters definitely deserves better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why they think Godzilla is helping to destroy the crystals and save planet Earth. What other examples are there of characters we consider "monsters" actually doing good deeds?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: November 20, 2007
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence

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