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Kid Adventures: Sky Captain

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Fantastic, kid-friendly aerial action game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are applauded and rewarded for helping others and trying your best.

Positive role models

The main characters are amiable and fun-loving, but hard-working and helpful at the same time. The only people they don't like are the bullies.

Ease of play

Steering your plane with the Wii remote works pretty well. For some missions, you need a pretty steady hand, but the best part is that there's no penalty at all for crashing. And most missions have an unlimited time period. Even if you complete the mission in the slowest, clumsiest way possible, you can still complete it. The only times this doesn't apply are in head-to-head races with the bully pilots; if you don't beat your rival, you need to keep re-racing him until you do.

Violence & scariness

The "violence" in Sky Captain is incredibly mild, as your plane shoots nothing but water balloons. You'll use those balloons to put out fires, shoot at wooden bullseyes, and in some multiplayer mini-games, soak another pilot. In those head-to-head games, hitting another plane with balloons does no damage to the plane -- it's simply that whoever scores 15 hits first wins. There are also no explosions, nor any real damage, from crashes -- your plane just bounces clumsily to the ground and you start over again. Sometimes, you'll hear your character say, "Ow!" during a crash.

Language

A bully mocks the mayor by calling him "Mayor Fart."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, true to its name, Kid Adventures: Sky Captain provides children with a fun, exciting adventure, without overdoing it on violence or scares. If you've read the ESRB rating of the the game, it is implied that bullets may be shot from the planes, but the most violent this game gets is in shooting water balloons.

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What's it about?

In KID ADVENTURES: SKY CAPTAIN, you play as either a boy or girl pilot who hopes to someday rise to the rank of Sky Captain, the official air commander of a magical island chain. To earn the experience you need to become Sky Captain, you'll need to complete a variety of flight-based missions: delivering packages, racing through hoops, taking aerial photos, putting out fires, moving sheep off of railroad tracks, scaring pteradactyls away from stranded pirates (yes, the islands get more and more fantastical as you move on). There are dozens of optional goals as well, such as barnstorming, flying through tunnels, or performing certain stunts. You have a bully-type rival who also wants the job, and you'll have to defeat him in some head-to-head races as well.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The developers of Kid Adventures: Sky Captain set out to create a game that would be full of action, excitement, and exploration for young kids, but be free of any really objectionable content. And they succeeded. This is a very well-made kids' game. It's got a great, vivid, colorful look that's cartoony without being babyish. It's loaded with fantasy features that kids' tend to adore, like pirates, dinosaurs, and UFOs. Along the way, you can earn new vehicles (all of which fly a bit differently) and new paint jobs for them. And the game allows you to play at your own pace. If you wanted to, you could just fly around sightseeing forever. Some of the missions can be challenging, but with practice, you'll find that the intuitive flight controls work very well. Sky Captain is definitely a good enough game to make us eager to see the next installment of the Kid Adventures series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cooperative playing. How does it feel to work with another player to complete missions together? Which do you enjoy more, working cooperatively, or playing head-to-head?

  • In this game, you can play as either a boy or a girl. Would you ever play as the opposite gender? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:June 15, 2010
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byTominNC June 26, 2010

Buckle up and take off for some fun!!

My girls love this game. It was very easy to pick up and start playing and they are now hooked. The quests are somewhat easy at first, but get progressively harder as you go along, which is a good thing. If you don't want a challenge, just take your time and fly around the beautiful island. Highly recommend this game for all those junior (and senior) pilots out there.
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