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PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond

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Theme park sequel emphasizes friendship, has mild combat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The importance of friendship is emphasized throughout the game. Players befriend Pokemon by playing with them and helping them, and in return they can use those Pokemon's special skills to win the theme park challenges more easily. However, some of the playing requires that the Pokemon battle each other.

Positive role models

Pikachu's quest to rescue other Pokemon from Wish Park is a positive one, and he also helps Pokemon along the way through a variety of side-quests, such as helping Patrat find his beach ball.

Ease of play

The controls are uncomplicated and consist of holding the Wii remote horizontally and using the D-pad to move around and the "1" and "2" buttons to dash, jump, and interact. However, controls are not very precise, which can make aiming difficult. And it is hard to control a dashing Pokemon.

Violence & scariness

One of the ways you make friends with other Pokemon is to play a game of "Battle," where you try to deplete the other Pokemon's health bar by dashing into them or using special attacks. Pokemon fall down briefly when hit, but there is no lasting damage or graphic violence. One Pokemon's special attack is farting.

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Consumerism

This game is the latest entry in the Pokemon franchise, which includes video games, stuffed toys, collectible cards, clothing, and other merchandise.

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:February 27, 2012
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Wild animals
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystvn8or August 21, 2012

Exceptional Game

Good for your kids if they liked PokePark 1.
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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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