Planet Crashers

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Enjoyable role-playing game encourages the use of strategy.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how to use critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve puzzles within the game's many missions and quests. They can also use the fighting sequences to learn and develop strategies, including estimating what their opponent's next move will be, and figuring out when they need to make a defensive move instead of a standard attack. Planet Crashers lets kids save the universe and, in the process, practice some strategy-building skills through turned-based combat.

Positive messages

While kids will spend most of their time fighting, they are always in the role of the noble hero who only engages in violent conflict to prevent evil forces from doing harm to innocent people.

Positive role models & representations

The protagonist in this game is presented as a heroic character, one who will easily become a role model for players. In addition to ridding the world of an evil force, the player's character embodies the mantra that it's possible to achieve anything. For example, the protagonist is said to be one of the youngest cadets to have ever graduated from the "Planet Crashers Academy," and is entrusted with one of the grandest missions that the academy has ever assigned. Players are filled with a sense of pride and altruism as the story progresses.

Ease of play

This game is readily accessible to anyone who has played an RPG before. Even novices to the genre will have an easy time figuring out the controls and the gameplay progression. The game consists largely of two components - completing non-violent quests, and battling enemies. The quests are mostly straightforward and the battle system coaxes players along the way to help them develop skills and strategies as the battles increase in difficulty.

Violence

Fighting is a focal point of this game. However, all violent content is presented in a very whimsical and cartoon-like fashion. Players engage in a series of one-on-one battles, which use a turn-based gameplay mechanic. This detaches them from the action as they do not directly control the fighting, and the battle animations that appear on screen are fantastical and colorful as opposed to overtly violent.

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One of the weapons that can be used in combat is a wine bottle.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Planet Crashers is a fantastical, role-playing game presented in a cartoon format. Players take on the role of a bright, young cadet who has just graduated from a galactic military-esque academy. The game consists of players completing various quests, ranging from finding lost civilians to defeating intergalactic enemies. Fighting is an integral part of the game, but it is all done in a turn-based style making it feel more like a board game than a one-on-one duel. All the battle animations are colorful and whimsical.

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What's it about?

In PLANET CRASHERS, players assume the role of a newly graduated interplanetary cadet who is thrust immediately into the fray as an evil force threatens the safety and well-being of innocent civilians everywhere. Players embark on a series of quests and missions to ensure everyone is accounted for and remain out of harm's way. To ensure the safety of others, players must fight a series of enemy creatures through prolonged one-on-one, turn-based battles until they reach the final enemy. Only after that time can the galaxy once again live in peace.

Is it any good?

Planet Crashers is a role-playing game, a genre that is typically defined by its complex and/or nuanced battle system, catering to a specific and niche audience. However, this title breaks that mold somewhat, offering a relaxed battle system that even novice players play. Even so, there is still a strong element of challenge and difficulty as players progress through the game. The storyline is likewise a perfect mix of accessible and compelling. The graphics are decent, but the battle animations sometimes appear stale. Overall, there are more than enough reasons for players, ranging from amateur gamers to RPG veterans, to find enjoyment in this title.

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For kids who love role-playing and lots of action

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