Mega Man 10

Common Sense Media says

Retro platformer with nice selection of difficulty levels.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message is positive as the player saves mankind from a disease which has taken over robots. The heroes are triumphant over evil adversaries and cure the disease.

Positive role models

Dr. Light, the creator of Mega Man and Proto Man, is a talented scientist. He is a pacifist, though he does assist Mega Man by providing encouragement and equipment. Note, too, that Mega Man uses mild cartoon violence to solve problems.

Ease of play

With Easy mode available for younger players and players less familiar with the platforming genre and a Challenge mode for practice against the boss monsters at the end of a level, the game is easily learned.


As a retro action platforming game, your 8-bit android character shoots lasers and avoids pit traps. There is mild cartoon violence, such as being struck by a "baseball" bomb which explodes. When robots are destroyed, you see a small flash, hear a bang, and they disappear from the screen.


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mega Man 10 is the 10th game in the series and designed in the 8-bit style of the original game, so it may provide parents a bit of nostalgia as they introduce the game to their children. The game is download-only and available through the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Live networks for $10.00 or the equivalent in network points. Players control one of two small humanoid robots that can jump, run, and fly through a 2-D environment, shooting various projectiles -- such as fire, ice, lightning, or rockets -- out of an arm cannon. The violence is cartoonish and mild, and our heroes fight for a noble reason: to save mankind and cure disease. 

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What's it about?

In a time in the not so distance future, a suspicious outbreak of Roboenza, a flu that only affects robots, has become pandemic, making robots everywhere breakdown. Even as our android heroes are searching for a cure, the virus changes and robots are running out of control, destroying the city and holding it hostage. Playing as Mega Man or Proto Man, you have to destroy these robots gone wild to save the city with the help of Dr. Light, while he discovers a cure.

Is it any good?


MEGA MAN 10 is the 10th entry in the Mega Man series and for the first time there is an Easy level to accommodate new or younger players. In Easy mode the pit traps are not as plentiful, there may be moving platforms above the spikes and flames that players can hop on, there are fewer enemies in each stage, and the bosses at the end of the level pull a few punches. As players conquer levels, they gain new weapons and unlock "challenges," essentially a practice mode for the end-boss so they can get in a few practice rounds and try out new skills/weapons earned in a previous level before attempting him. This also provides an alternative mode of play as players can go back and take on a boss they have already defeated, which helps players overcome the frustration factor of particularly tough bosses.

Easy, Normal, and Hard game modes, as well as two playable characters with different strengths and weaknesses, ensure good re-playability. What's more, solid game design and precise controls make each play-through fun. Players will discover interesting little quirks, different looking maps, different paths that could be incredibly tough, and bosses that sometimes take a little ingenuity to take down. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the continued popularity of retro-gaming and why older series such as Mega Man and classic arcade games remain popular. Is it because good game design remains fun despite the "old-style" graphics? 

  • Families can also talk about the possibilities of Robots being created for the good of mankind. What robotics are already in use today? Will we really see robots like those in the cartoon The Jetsons or sentient beings like Transformers?

  • Families may also wish to discuss Time Limits. Like many games, Mega Man 10 has ever increasingly difficult levels to conquer, there is the tendency of wanting to reach the next summit.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:March 31, 2010
ESRB rating:E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old September 4, 2010

ok for 8

Im on the last stage before the final boss AKA dr wily stage 3
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 11, 2010

Love It.

Nice game, Very challenging like all the Megamans.
Teen, 16 years old Written byLukepi May 13, 2011

One of 2010's best games.

I grew up with the Megaman series. It's always been notorious for its difficulty. While the game's easy mode makes it more accesible, don't expect your 3 year old or 5 year old to be able to beat it without much frustration. That put aside, I believe the game is exceptional and should not be missed.
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