A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes is a downloadable action/adventure game based on the animated show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. In the game, players use their fists to pound on robots, who use guns, sawblades, and other mechanized parts to fight back. But it's all rather cartoony, and there's no blood or gore. There's also no nudity, cursing, or other inappropriate content. Though it will make players want to watch the 'toon if they don't already.
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What's it about?
Based on the cartoon OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, OK K.O.! LET'S PLAY HEROES casts you as K.O., a kid who wants to be a superhero, though mostly so he can get his own POW card. When not getting into fistfights with bad robots, K.O. has to wander around, talking to people and doing his job at the bodega. (Admittedly, it makes a lot more sense if you're a fan of the show.)
Is it any good?
Though it may be too complex for really young fans of the show, this action/adventure game does a good job of letting most feel like they're the 'toon's titular hero. A spin-off of the animated show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes is a third-person action/adventure game that casts you as K.O., the part-time bodega clerk and full-time superhero wannabe. Which is why you spend most of this game running errands and talking to people when not engaging in fistfights with robots. Further connecting it to the show, the game was written by the show's creator, with the voice actors reprising their roles.
That said, unless you're a fan of the show, or a cartoon-loving kid, you probably won't be grabbed by this brawler. The action is rather simplistic, especially where the fighting is concerned, and a lot of the game is spent talking to the other characters. Also, really young players may have trouble figuring out what to do, as the game doesn't always make it super obvious. Similarly, parents will probably be as confused by this as they are by the show. But if you're a big fan of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, and wish you could be a hero with your own POW card, OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes is your chance to be a cartoon superhero ... sort of.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence. Does OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes make you feel differently that you're fighting robots, as opposed to a fellow human? Why do you think that is?
Talk about hard work. What does this game show us about doing your job well? Does it change how you'll approach doing your chores?
Discuss advertising. Does this game make you want to watch the TV show? And do you think watching the TV show will make someone want to play the game? See what they did there?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Cartoon Network Games
- Release date: January 25, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: November 23, 2019
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