A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Math: estimation, patterns, probability
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, solving puzzles, strategy
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $9.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Ignition Entertainment
- Release date: July 26, 2012
- Genre: Role Playing
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence, Alcohol Reference
For kids who love role-playing and lots of action
Our editors recommend
Top advice and articles
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.