A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gogo's Crazy Bones is a trajectory physics game (much like Angry Birds) based around a series of collectible toys. As in the offline Gogos game, players flick the toys at one another in mock "battles." Launched Gogos can crash into walls -- which either break or topple over to destroy the enemies they fall on -- but there's no real violence to be seen. Defeated enemies simply disappear (though they do make grunting sounds when they bounce around).
What's it about?
In GOGO'S CRAZY BONES, you form a team of five strange little creatures (based on equally strange little plastic toys) and launch them -- Angry Birds style -- at the little plastic creatures of the opposing team. There are three game modes: One in which you need to destroy your opponent, one in which you need to knock them off their platforms, and one in which there are no opponents (you only need to land your Gogos in a rudimentary basket).
Is it any good?
Using Angry Birds-style slingshot targeting to create a video game version of Gogo's Crazy Bones was a good idea. Unfortunately, that good idea wasn't really expanded upon in the development of the game. There's practically no variety from one level to the next, outside of the placement of your targets. Kids are bound to be disappointed, for instance, when they finally earn enough stars in World 1 to unlock World 2 and discover that the only thing that's differentiates the two is the backdrop. Even the graphics lack imagination -- the "baskets" you need to land your Gogos in are made up of nothing more than three straight lines. This is one of those licensed games that seems like it was never meant to be more than an interactive ad.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Science: momentum, motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: GameMill
- Release date: April 3, 2012
- Genre: Puzzle
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
For kids who love puzzle games
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