A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania is an adventure/platformer game based on the movie of the same name. Players explore a mysterious hotel that is inhabited exclusively by monsters and then realize that the monsters are not as scary or violent as they are always portrayed to be. The story is broken up into various scenes, and players need to complete a series of levels in order to see the story continue to unfold. As players make their way through the hotel and other environment, they will occasionally face obstacles and hazards, including creatures that can hurt them. Players can jump on the creatures to make them disappear.
What's it about?
In HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, the story is a more simplified version of the movie of the same name. Players enter a very unique hotel that caters only to monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and mummies. However, after a human manages to make his way into the hotel, everyone's world is turned on its head. At first, the human is terrified of the monsters and the vice versa. As the story unfolds, though, players learn that the monsters are not as scary as they may have thought, and realize that no matter how big their differences are it is possible for everyone to get along.
Is it any good?
Hotel Transylvania is a decent video game adaptation of the movie. Players play as Mavis, the daughter of Dracula, as she ventures out into the world beyond her father's hotel and meets a human of her dreams. The game consists of a variety of side-scrolling levels in which players need to solve puzzles and avoid obstacles, hazards, and monsters. Designed to be accessible for young players, the gameplay is not overly challenging. Anyone who enjoys the movie will appreciate the familiar characters and being able to explore the different environments from the hotel, so even though the gameplay is relatively uninspired, fans should be able to enjoy what this game has to offer.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Math: measurement, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, learning from consequences, respect for others
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: GameMill
- Release date: September 25, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence
For kids who love puzzle and adventure games
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