Gormiti: The Lords of Nature

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Colorful co-op action with lots of cartoony combat.

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Positive Messages

While the heroes engage in frequent fighting, they do so as protectors of nature. The game's overarching message is a positive one about safeguarding the environment. Teamwork and cooperation are also central themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As protectors of nature, the heroes promote a good cause. They also exemplify a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. They seem to genuinely care for one another and get along well. While they often engage in physical combat, they do so only because they feel it necessary and don't seem to relish combat the way many action heroes do.

Ease of Play

The controls are laid out in a clear, simple fashion that should be easy for young players to pick up. While aiming your character's ranged attacks (energy bursts) is more difficult than it should be, you can actually get by without using them. The rest of the gameplay works quite well.

Violence & Scariness

Superpowered heroes battle scores of enemy creatures in cartoony hand-to-hand combat. Vanquished enemies disappear, replaced by a burst of jewels to collect. In addition to punches and kicks, the heroes can also shoot bursts of energy from their chests and can each perform a special elemental attack (air gusts, water blasts, fire balls, etc.). Everything is depicted in a colorful and unrealistic style.

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Consumerism

The game is tied in to the Gormiti animated TV series, which is in turn based on a collectible toy series. Neither the show nor the toys are directly marketed through this game, though.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gormiti: The Lords of Nature is an action-packed tie-in to an animated adventure series. The game features frequent fantasy combat between colorful and decidedly non-human-looking creatures. While fighting is a central aspect of the gameplay, it is depicted in a cartoony, unrealistic manner. The heroes of the game, known as the Lords of Nature, each have powers based on one of the four classical elements: Earth, air, fire, and water.  

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What's it about?

In GORMITI: THE LORDS OF NATURE, four human children discover an alternate world known as Gorm, which is the physical representation of all of nature. When Gorm -- and thereby nature as we know it -- is threatened by the forces of the evil Lord Magmion, the four kids transform themselves into the Lords of Nature, each with the powers of a different element (earth, air, fire, and water). In the game, the heroes travel through Gorm battling Magmion's henchmen and working together to solve puzzles along the way. Many obstacles can only be overcome by one particular hero, so switching between characters is a must (and playing cooperatively with a friend is all the more entertaining). Puzzle pieces can also be collected throughout the land of Gorm, which will unlock sliding and jigsaw puzzles that can be played outside of the main story.

Is it any good?

For a licensed game based on a cartoon, that is itself based on a toy, Gormiti: The Lords of Nature is surprisingly good. The character design of the heroes may be unfortunately unattractive, but if your kids are already Gormiti fans, they're probably fine with it. And that's just a minor quibble with the original licensed product, anyway. The game's overall look is pleasantly bold, bright, and colorful; the characters almost look like action figures (in a good way). The levels are well designed for co-op play, requiring you to swap characters frequently. And there are some pretty cool boss battles, too. There's a nice playfulness to the game as well, best demonstrated in the bonus puzzles that can be unlocked: Each time you solve a bonus puzzle, the character in that puzzle shows off their best dance moves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Gormiti is centered around fighting. Since the human heroes turn into fantasy creatures before engaging in any combat, does that lessen the impact of the violence? Would there be a way to create a Gormiti game that wasn't based around fighting?

  • Protecting nature is the goal of the game's heroes. What can you do to help your environment in real life?

  • This game is built for co-operative play. Do you enjoy playing action games with a partner? How do you deal with it when your partner is better or worse than you at the game? What can you learn from the experience?

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