What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Deviants is a collection of mini-games playable on the PlayStation Vita that are meant to show-off the different kinds of controls that are available, including the use of the unique rear-touch screen. These mini-games range from zany racing activities to "whack-a-mole" style gameplay and are designed to be fun and accessible for anyone. The game highlights its multiplayer feature, which allows for up to eight players, each one taking turns and passing the Playstation Vita from one player to the other. A handful of the mini-games contain violent content, including one that has players shooting robots from a large cannon while using the console's augmented reality capability. Another features cartoony zombies wielding chainsaws. However, all content in this game is presented in a very whimsical and cartoon style and isn't meant to be scary for the intended audience of kids 10 and up.
What's it about?
LITTLE DEVIANTS is a collection of mini-games, so the primary focus of this title is for players to launch the game and play for a while. There is an underlying story about alien creatures (the \"Deviants\") who wind up on a foreign planet, but that is incidental to the game experience as a whole. The game offers both a solo and a multiplayer mode, with the latter being where players pass around the console to play and try to have a better score than your competition.
There are more than 30 mini-games in total, each having varied gameplay mechanic or style. Some utilize the Vita's unique rear-touch screen where you use your finger to reform landscapes or push robots out of windows of houses. Also interesting is the use of two fingers -- one on the rear screen and one on the front -- to pinch characters to control them. This technique is the basis of a game about pulling a deviant against the ropes of a wresting ring to launch him into oncoming zombies.
Is it any good?
Little Deviants has a cute and whimsical graphical style that pulls players in, a nice selection of mini-games with varied content and gameplay styles, and it uses all the functionality of the Playstation Vita. It is a great title for players to get used to all the different features and functionality that the system offers. Mini-games will involve players using both the touchscreen and the touch-sensitive back panel, the motion sensing capabilities of the system, the digital camera to create augmented reality situations, and the microphone.
This game is designed for a younger audience so it is not a very extensive or sophisticated title, but that is not its purpose. Little Deviants is for players who want a fun, casual gaming experience that can show off all the unique gameplay features of the Playstation Vita, and it manages to do that successfully.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the violence in this game. Were there any mini-games you found to be overtly violent?
Which mini-game is your favorite and why? Did it teach you anything you could apply to a real-life situation?
Where is the line between being a troublemaker and just being silly?