A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PokePark2: Wonders Beyond is the sequel to PokePark Wii. It introduces a new location called the Wish Park for players to explore, filled with new Pokemon to encounter and play games with. There is some cartoon violence, as well as comic mischief -- one of the Pokemon, for example, "attacks" by farting at the player.
What's it about?
Pokemon have started to go missing from the PokePark, and it turns out that they're being held captive in the Wish Park, an alternative dimension run by sinister Pokemon. Controlling Pikachu and three of his pals, players explore the regions of PokePark to make friends, play game, and complete quests to discover portals to travel to Wish Park. While in Wish Park, Pikachu and his friends can rescue the Pokemon that are trapped there. POKEPARK 2: WONDERS BEYOND adds new Pokemon, locations, and games, including multiplayer attractions that let 2-4 players compete.
Is it any good?
PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond experiments with a slightly darker tone than its predecessor: in one cutscene, for example, Pikachu is chased by two large black clawed hands poking out of an ominous-looking sky. The gameplay itself, however, reverts to the light-hearted, kid-friendly tone of the first game. The juxtaposition of these two different tones is a little confusing. Controls are simplified and not overly precise, and there's no "run" button (only a "dash" button for short bursts of speed), making traversing the park a bit of a chore. PokePark 2 seems like a bit of a stumble compared to the first game, but its positive message (helping others), and the large number of Pokemon to meet and collect still make it a solid choice for young Pokemon fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to have friends. What qualities do you look for in a friend, and in what ways do you try to be a good friend?
Why do people collect things? What kinds of things do you enjoy collecting? Is the collecting what makes Pokemon games so popular?
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