LittleBigPlanet 2: Move Pack

Common Sense Media says

Fun motion controls improve an already great creative game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game promotes and fosters player creativity in its level creator mode. The brief story sees the player’s sackboy or sackgirl journeying to save a group of kidnapped sackbots from a nasty “Cakeling,” with a moral that suggests tenacity will always triumph over evil.

Positive role models

The player’s sack person does not speak. However, through the player’s actions it becomes clear that he or she is clearly a nice little cloth creature intent on doing good and helping friends.  

Ease of play

The story levels, all of which require the PlayStation Move motion controller, are very easy and designed more to teach players how to play the game with a Move controller than to challenge. The movement-based controls are instantly intuitive and highly responsive. The mini-games are more challenging, but still quick and easy to understand.

Violence & scariness

Players’ sackboys and sackgirls can get burned by fire, scorched by acid rain, and fall off cliffs. A mini-game sees non-player sackbots getting zapped by white electricity beams.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious safety concerns: When playing other levels created by users, LittleBigPlanet has a sprawling, moderated online community that is, by and large, pleasant to partake in. User-generated levels with offensive content pop up occasionally, but the community reports them and the game’s makers remove them as quickly as they can. The game also supports online play with unmoderated voice and text communication, a feature that could lead to hearing cuss words and other unwanted communication.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LittleBigPlanet 2: Move Pack is a downloadable content package. It requires both a copy of LittleBigPlanet 2 and at least one PlayStation Move motion controller. Players do not attack enemies but instead simply attempt to navigate tricky environments. However, it does contain mild violence, including scenes in which the player’s cloth character is burned by fire and disappears in a puff of smoke. Like the game it is designed to augment, this add-on promotes and fosters creativity by providing new materials, music, costumes, and abilities for players to incorporate in games that they design themselves. Parents should note that LittleBigPlanet has a sprawling, moderated online community that is, by and large, pleasant to partake in. User-generated levels with offensive content pop up occasionally, but the community reports them and the game’s makers remove them as quickly as they can. Note that online play supports unmoderated voice and text communication, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This special edition game brilliantly incorporates PlayStation Move functionality within the popular LittleBigPlanet universe, enabling exciting new design possibilities. Kids who enjoyed the original will adore it.

Learning Approach

This game teaches kids about game design and digital creation, from switches, triggers, and artificial intelligence to visual elements that give games their unique aesthetics.

Support

In-depth tutorials teach kids everything they need to know about designing their own worlds. And the online community is eager to share, offer feedback, and help other players make better creations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about video game design and digital creation in this game-building game. They'll discover the complex logic that lies behind games they play –- switches, triggers, artificial intelligence –- while designing visual elements that give their creations a unique look and feel. There's also potential for them to take part in a thriving community where they can communicate with and be inspired by other game makers. Kids who spend the hours necessary to master LittleBigPlanet 2's game-making mode will have a much clearer idea of what it takes to build a video game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

The largest of dozens of downloadable content packs available for LittleBigPlanet 2, LITTLEBIGPLANET 2: MOVE PACK offers players five new story levels that tell the tale of an evil creature known as the Cakeling. Angered at her existence as a thing perpetually on the verge of being eaten, she begins kidnapping peaceful sackbots and eventually attempts to turn them into a cake to show them what it’s like to be a foodstuff. Players will unlock a septet of mini-games as the story progresses, and earn scores of new stickers, materials, musical tracks, and abilities that they can put to use in the creator module when designing their own game levels. Chief among these is the Brain Crane, a headband that sacks people to allow them to telepathically move in-game objects. It requires that players employ a PlayStation Move controller, which is used to move, slide, spin, and select objects on screen in all of the Move Pack’s new levels and mini-games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

British developer Media Molecule has come up with several brilliant ways to seamlessly incorporate PlayStation Move functionality within its popular LittleBigPlanet universe. The new story levels essentially act as a primer to teach players how the Move controller can be used to interact with game objects. You will slide walls up and down, ratchet levers back and forth, carry objects with you to use as shields against harsh elements, and put others in place to use as platforms to cross dangerous hazards. The mini-games make even more inventive use of the Move peripheral. One has players tilting and turning the controller to manipulate a ball-rolling maze, another lets players use the Move’s pointing function to select squares in an addictive little block puzzle game, and yet another involves moving energy nodes to block incoming balls in tower defense style.

One can easily work through all of the new content in a single night, but the pack’s $10 price tag is justified by the new design possibilities it enables within the game’s popular level editor. There are already thousands of user-generated levels designed explicitly for the Move controller. If you’re a LittleBigPlanet fan and own a PlayStation Move controller, this content pack is a must.    

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about creativity in games. How does creating your own game differ from, say, creating a drawing, or a musical composition? Do you feel pleased and satisfied after spending time to create a game? How might you apply what you learn designing game levels to the real world?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. What would you do if you found a user-generated level that you believed to be offensive? What would you do if you encountered someone online who was mean to you, or threatened you?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$9.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:September 14, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Adult Written bymsassman June 5, 2012
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8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

A greate game

i personally have both of the games 1 and 2. and i would like to point this out. this game is one of the best games for people who have creative minds. this game is not only good for just 8 year olds. I am over the recommended age for the game and i still LOVE this game its one of my favorites. if your son or daughter has a PS3 and you cant find a game to get for them that is appropriate then get them either this one or the first one there is absolutely no blood, no language, but there is still a bit of violence, but its not that bad. (there might violence on the online levels because they are made by other people so sadly you cannot control what they might make. BUT don't worry it is just red PAINT from an emitter). besides that the online games are mostly good. there are very FEW violent levels and if so they aren't that violent. I wold definitely recommend this game. plus this also teaches the people who play it about logic because in create mode you can use logic to basically make almost anything. the move pack is also alike only you need the PlayStationMove for it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Easy to play/use
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 9 year old Written bypulsev2 January 18, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

LITTLE BIG PLANET 1 AND 2. Must own

Great game. As in part 1, Part 2 contains an EXTENSIVE array of building and engineering tools to make creations onscreen in creation mode. And a complete, fun kid tutorial for each function. From levers to wobble bolts, to gears and pulleys to water and fire, this game is a budding builders must-have. These tools are added to your toolbox when you pass each corresponding short, fun interactive tutorial. And the ability to share these creations real time and in cooperation with others online makes for an incredible experience, and its fascinating to watch your child grasp these engineering concepts and devices and instinctively put them to use. I didn't think my child would bother with these things, since the concepts and tools get quite complex, but he LOVES it. And now uses them quickly. Just fascinating. It has shed new light on my childs abilities. Worth $60! The only complaint I have is that sometimes when online, as with any online game, you encounter the occasional language issue. Although there is a process your child can use in the game called "Good Grief" that will create a complaint within the game to be reviewed by the online staff, if there is a player who has inappropriate actions. And there are the occasional older 30+ players. Not sure why, but they are there. If you have the MOVE controller, you can also use it with this game using a small add-on. Even better because now your child incorporates movement into the game. My child has been playing this game for at least two years now and running. Parts 1 and 2. He still loves it. We have also purchesed in game content, such as "virtual costumes" and he loves to use those too. BUY THIS GAME.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Easy to play/use

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