A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LBX: Little Battlers eXperience for the 3DS is the latest in a popular Japanese action-adventure multimedia franchise, the first to be released to North America alongside Nicktoons' localized version of the animated series. Fans of the series may find themselves interested in picking up or checking out other LBX-themed merchandise after playing this title. The game introduces players to a world where kids compete against one another with small, customizable remote-controlled robots called LBX. The robots use various melee and ranged weapons against each other, sometimes until one player's LBX is destroyed, but the toy-like nature of the robots keeps the violence from being graphic. Players should be aware that though the controls are simple, the customization and maintenance can be tricky, which could lead to some frustration. They should also be aware that though multiplayer is limited to local play, some players could still be exposed to offensive words in other player's nicknames.
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What's it about?
Following the story line of the animated series airing on Nicktoons, LBX: LITTLE BATTLERS EXPERIENCE puts players in the role of Van Yamano and his friends as they take their skills with small customized robots called LBX beyond the Battle Box, working together to stop a global conspiracy and save the world. With more than 130 LBX sets and over 30,000 combinations, players also can create their own unique LBX robots to use in the single-player story or in local multiplayer action for up to six players.
Is it any good?
Proving that good things come in small packages, these robots are small in stature but big in fun. At first glance, LBX might look like it's geared more toward younger kids, but there's a considerable amount of depth for gamers of all ages. The story is surprisingly good, though the occasional dark turn (which includes things such as an attempted political assassination) might be a little much for young kids. As interesting as the story is, most kids likely will be more focused on the core gameplay of battling, collecting, and customizing their LBX. This is the bread and butter of LBX and what will keep gamers coming back for more.
With so many parts to collect and so many ways to combine them, it's entirely possible to put together an LBX unlike anyone else. Even if two LBX look the same, what's under the hood could be completely different. Because of the work put into each bot, it's hard not to feel a special connection to your custom creations. And though a lot of micromanagement can go into actually building an LBX, it's done in such a way that it encourages experimentation without ever becoming an exercise in frustration and a player trying to get things "just right." Gamers of all ages may find themselves getting pleasantly lost in the LBX universe.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy, thinking critically
Creativity: making new creations
Self-Direction: achieving goals
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: August 21, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy violence
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