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Gogo's Crazy Bones

Angry Birds-like game suffers from lack of variety.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn a bit of physics from the game, such as the ways in which power and angle of trajectory will affect the flight of a launched object. Its lessons can be thought of as similar to those in Angry Birds, although in Gogo's, kids are not launching their characters from a slingshot, but instead from a stationary platform. Kids are bound to pick up some elements of motion-based science if they manage to wade through this repetitive trajectory game.

Positive messages

While the game may get kids thinking about physics a bit, it is just as likely to get them thinking about buying Gogos toys.

Positive role models

The Gogos don't have personalities, though several have very angry-looking faces. It's hard to consider them role models in any way when all you do is fling them at one another.

Ease of play

There are only a few simple controls to learn, but the gameplay can be difficult to master.

Violence & scariness

You launch your Gogos at your opposing team's Gogos, in hopes of either knocking them off their perches or causing walls to fall on them and thereby crush them. Defeated Gogos vanish in a poof.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is based around a series of collectible toys, several of which are featured in photographs on the cover of the game box.

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).

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about synergistic marketing. How does this video games help to sell toys and vice versa?

  • Is this a game kids would enjoy playing if they weren't familiar with Gogo toys?

Game details

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

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