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What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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