A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
At its heart, this is an action game -- and there's a lot of shooting involved -- but your main goal as you play is to rid a human body of a potentially lethal infection.
Positive Role Models
There aren't many real characters in the game, but as the infection-fighting microbot, you can at least know you're on the side of the life-savers. Although a plot twist later in the game may make raise doubts about that.
Ease of Play
The controls work very well, although steering through the fluid-filled levels may take some getting used to. Luckily, the first few levels are made easy enough for you to take your time practicing the ropes before things get rough.
Violence & Scariness
This game is set inside the bloodstream of a body. As a microscopic ship, swimming through veins and arteries, you will use energy weapons to blast body cells that have become infected by nanobots (meaning the cells have a little robot inside them). Bad cell-bots disintegrate when destroyed. Though the ESRB warns about "animated blood" in the game, you won't see anybody bleeding.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Microbot is a downloadable sci-fi action shooter with some semi-realistic science elements since the game takes place inside the human body. Don't expect kids to walk away from the game with a newfound knowledge of human anatomy; although it's very possible that the game could stir up some interest in learning more about biology. While there is a lot of laser-blasting going on, all the violence occurs between microscopic robots within a human bloodstream. There's blood in the game, but only as part of the environment.
Is It Any Good?
The first thing you'll notice about Microbot is just how gorgeous the visuals are. Then you'll quickly realize how unique and interesting the movement in the game is -- steering through fluids of various densities feels totally different from steering, say, a spaceship in a standard sci-fi shooter. There are lots of power-ups to find, ways to upgrade your weapons and defenses, a nice variety of enemies and obstacles, and even a surprisingly interesting plot. If you're looking for an inexpensive downloadable game, and hope for a unique and exciting experience, Microbot may be just what the doctor ordered.
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