Playmobil Top Agents

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Subpar controls and tutorials make toy-based game fizzle.

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Educational Value

Playmobil Top Agents wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

The mission here is to stop the evil Dr. Wicked from poisoning the populace with "Chaos Capsules" that make people go mad and start doing crazy things. The destructive behavior of the brainwashed people is clearly portrayed as a bad thing. And "Chaos Capsules" are definite no-nos.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The agents clearly fight on the side of good. However, they still use a good deal of weaponry.

Ease of Play

The game has incredibly complicated instructions and pretty lousy in-game tutorials. With many of the mini-games, if you don't read the 20 pages of instructions in the booklet, you have to just use trial and error to figure out how to play. The controls aren't fantastic either, particularly the driving. For as tough as these vehicles are to steer, it's even harder to figure out where to go on the massive map with lackluster radar.

Violence

The bad guys may be called the Robo Gang, but a lot of the enemies that the Top Agents go toe-to-toe with look pretty human. Prepare for your heroes to take down the baddies with guns that shoot things like bubble gum, "sleepers," and "shock bullets." There's also a good deal of punching and kicking -- and car crashing.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is entirely based on the Playmobil Top Agents toy line.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Playmobil Top Agents is a mix of platforming and driving games based around a line of Playmobil action figures and toys. While many of the missions feature brainy (and difficult) puzzles, much more of the game involves fighting -- with and without weapons. Weapons in the game look realistic, even if they shoot things like bubble gum and sleep darts.

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What's it about?

The city of Playmopolis is under attack by the evil Dr. Wicked. He plans to use a satellite to rain madness-causing Chaos Capsules down upon the people. That's where the Playmobil Top Agents come in. These superspies must use their cars, guns, and gadgets to stop Dr. Wicked and his evil Robo Gang before he can execute his evil plan.

Is it any good?

While there's a lot of great-looking stuff crammed into Playmobil Top Agents -- a vast open city to drive around, loads of gadgets to use and upgrade, 85 varied missions to play out -- the execution feels pretty sloppy. For one thing, there's too much to figure out on your own; the tutorials simply don't give you enough information. And learning to play by trial and error is frustrating. The controls can be an annoyance as well. Jumping requires too much precision and driving could use a lot more precision. Add that to a difficulty level that's a tad too high and you've got a game that a lot of kids may give up on before they get to the best parts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Ask kids if they would have liked the game better or worse if it only contained the puzzle portions. Does a game like this need fighting parts in order to be good?

  • Talk to kids about licensed products and marketing tactics. Does playing this game make you want to buy Playmobil toys? Did you buy the game because you already love the toys?

Game details

For kids who love going on escapades

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