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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun arcade side-scrolling platformer for young and old.

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This game manages to appeal to a wide range of gamers both old and young with its engaging gameplay and simple plot. A fun throwback to early '90s platformers, Mekazoo might sound like a large pile of rehashed ideas resurrected for nostalgia's sake. But between the slick neon jungle graphics, ability to change between Mekanimals, and great music, it feels like a fresh experience for kids and kids at heart. The cooperative mode for two local players challenges each one to work together, switching out their two Mekanimals -- at the right time, no less -- to avoid obstacles, collect medals and gems, and navigate through the often challenging levels.

Speaking of challenges, the controls work fairly well on consoles, but PC gamers shouldn't try using a keyboard for this type of game, as it won't be easy. In fact, controls are the biggest issue and aren't as responsive as they should be for a fast-paced platformer. Another minor issue arises with creatures that are close together but aren't recognized by the game as two objects that can't occupy the same space. Finally, the game is very short -- you can complete it in a weekend, but at least it's affordable, and you can play again with someone beside you. For under $20, this charming platformer is a blast from the past with a modern twist.

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