Parents' Guide to

LBX: Little Battlers eXperience

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Pocket-size bots pack a powerful, and personal, punch.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is

I have to say, this is very well-done, but it's also what I wish most anime-licensed games following the original story line would be like. When the story demands you play as another character, it has you play as that character. (Seriously, I can't be the only one who finds it annoying when a game like this only has you playing as the main character even when the other main characters should be doing stuff. Dragon Ball Origins 1 did this and I'm so glad the sequel fixed this problem) It follow's the show's story to a tee, something I've seen a lot of games like this not do. (I'm looking at YOU, Romance Dawn!) Not only that, but it's a lot of fun and has plenty of variety with the gameplay. Now, of course, since it follows the show's story, it also leaves in all the dark moments, including the death of a protagonist, which even I'm shocked was actually featured in a show for kids, but it's not too brutal, so I'm sure your kids could handle it. Either way, this is a really fun game, one I wasn't expecting to enjoy nearly as much as I did, so give it a go.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (1):

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.

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