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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is the latest entry in Nintendo's popular Pokemon franchise. Kids will explore a Pokemon theme park, running errands for the Pokemon and playing games with them to become their friends. One of the game is a "Battle," where you try to deplete the other pokemon's life bar by dashing into them or using special attacks, but there is no long term damage. The game is skewed towards a younger audience with simple controls and straightforward goals. Players can take screen captures in the game and transfer them to a computer via SD card.
- Parents say
- Kids say
Easy game, with great role models, except for Mew, who once again shows great selfishness, and Froslass, who left Glalie
What's it about?
In POKEPARK WII: PIKACHU'S ADVENTURE, Pikachu and three of his buddies fall through some kind of portal and find themselves in the PokePark, a theme park inhabited by dozens of differen Pokemon. Although the PokePark was once a fun place full of attractions and games, the Sky Prism that protects it has shattered, causing the Pokemon to start feuding with each other. You'll have to explore the theme park to find all of the Sky Prism pieces to repair it by making friends with new Pokemon and beating their games.
Is it any good?
While the Pokemon franchise has always been aimed at kids, the role-playing/monster collecting games have carried a certain appeal for older gamers as well. PokePark Wii, with its simplified controls and straightforward challenges, is firmly skewed towards a younger audience. That said, the experience stays true to the Pokemon formula of "gotta catch 'em all." As players explore the park they'll have the opportunity to meet and befriend almost 200 Pokemon, who will help out by participating in games and attractions. While Pokemon do engage in short battles with each other, the emphasis is on friendly competition rather than defeating opponents. As well, the game's central themes of making friends and helping feuding Pokemon to work through their differences is an overwhelmingly positive one.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why is it important to have friends? What are some of the things you enjoy doing with your friends?
Have you ever helped two people who were having an argument work through their differences? How did you help them?
Are you one of those people who has to collect every last Pokemon in the game? What other collections do you have?
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