A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
The game does involve combat -- by shaking the Wii remote around -- and enemies will fall to the ground or disappear in a puff of smoke. Players will combine items to create unique weapons as they battle rats, bugs, and rabbits, but the cartoon violence is quite tame. There is some animated blood, which is usually green goo from other mushroom creatures that have come alive.
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Products & Purchases
This game features many logos of familiar brands -- such as Sprite soda bottles and Campbell Soup cans -- but changes the words slightly.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the game is rated "E10+" for this animated violence but players are not fighting against humans. Instead, combat, which has some animated blood, is against rodents, insects, and fungi that have begun to walk, talk and think after a mysterious meteorite has fallen to Earth. The game-play is probably made up of 50 percent combat, 25 percent exploration, and 25 percent puzzle-solving.
Is It Any Good?
Because our hero is a teeny mushroom, players get to experience this world from a miniature perspective, such as running through discarded soup cans, jumping on playing cards, balancing on a TV remote like a bridge, or using a smartphone's stylus pen as a staff. The populated, colorful environments enjoy a wacky Tim Burton-esque feel, often with slanted camera angles and trippy music written by bassist Les Claypool of Primus fame. Mushroom Men might remind seasoned PC gamers of a psychedelic adventure game from 1996, Bad Mojo" where you play as a cockroach -- though this new Wii title features a lot more action. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is an endearing new franchise (which also includes a Nintendo DS prequel, entitled Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi) and while it's not terribly deep or challenging, proves to be a fun and zany adventure for kids ages 10 to 100.
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