What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pokemon X/Pokemon Y follows the same game pattern as previous titles in the series. The two games are very similar; only the pocket monsters you collect differ. This is an adventure-style game where kids "battle" their way through the region, gathering Pokemon and leveling up their skills through turn-by-turn battles and training experiences. The battles are fairly low-key; there's no visible contact, and when a Pokemon runs out of health, it simply faints. The story line is primarily positive, and even the worst of the adversaries only engage in some mild trash-talking. The online experiences, particularly live chat, are a concern for parents and should be handled via parental controls. Despite what seems like a violent premise (pairing off Pokemon to fight and level up in ability), the game has a positive, supportive, and nurturing tone that's appropriate for most ages. Kids will need to be able to read to follow the story line.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- combining knowledge
- achieving goals
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
With so many elements to the experience, kids can follow their interests, whether it's collecting all the different Pokemon in-game or winning battles by building the best team.
Kids learn strategic thinking by experimenting with battle teams. This is a fun game to explore with others. The connection between the skills used while playing and skills used in life may not always be clear.
Character dialogue acts as an ongoing tutorial, but a help option is lacking. Kids can track their progress by watching their stats, viewing the map, and checking the completion of the Pokedex that lists all the Pokemon they have captured.
What's it about?
Your character (boy or girl) has just moved to a new town when the mysterious Professor Sycamore invites you to seek out Pokemon and collect as much information as possible in a Pokedex. Along with four other kids, you set out to explore the region of Kalos, battling other trainers, gathering information, and learning everything you can about the world.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward, but there's a lot to do. You'll visit training gyms and battle your way to the top to earn badges. You'll grow your own berries, make PR videos, collect fossils, take pictures, seek out treasure, go fishing, explore caves, ride roller skates and a bike, and establish yourself as a member of the training elite. Plus, there's free exploration and customization (you can change your hair and clothes, for example). For long-time Pokemon fans, there are plenty of new features. For example, Super Train your Pokemon in a special training arena rather than relying solely on battles. There are new Fairy-types and \"horde\" encounters wherein you must pit your single Pokemon against a group of other wild Pokemon. Mega-Evolution, one of the mysteries in the story line, allows Pokemon to experience an ultimate evolution. You can even interact directly with your Pokemon via Pokemon-Amie mini-games.
Is it any good?
POKEMON X/POKEMON Y isn't groundbreaking for the series, but it continues the fun that's made the series so popular. The game offers a lot of areas to explore and a lot of activities. Those who love previous installments will no doubt enjoy this one, and it could certainly win over the next generation of Pokemon fans.
There are some new features that will appeal to different types of fans. Those who enjoy battling will be intrigued by the Mega-Evolution mystery and may appreciate the chance to super-train their Pokemon and battle hordes in the wild. Those who are more interested in the characters can spend their time (and money) customizing their avatar's clothing, hair, and accessories. They also can nurture their Pokemon by playing with them, feeding them, and showing them lots of love.
Families can talk about...
What do you enjoy most about Pokemon games? Why?
If you could design your own Pokemon, what would it look like? What abilities would it have?
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||October 12, 2013|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Bugs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|ESRB rating:||E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS) |