A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The player has to be observant, and use their brains to find the keys that will unlock doors to the next area. But they also have to be violent, and use their trigger fingers and fists, to kill the monsters that are trying to stop them from finding those keys.
Positive Role Models
The player is just trying to find their way out so they can survive. While this does involve killing a lot of monsters, it also involves searching for the keys that will unlock the doors.
Ease of Play
The game's controls will be somewhat familiar to players of similar shooters, and has the option to adjust them to be even more familiar. But the game doesn't do a great job of explaining them. The game has multiple difficulty options — "Ultra Easy," "Very Easy," "Easy," "Medium," "Hard," "Very Hard," and "Ultra Hard" — and allows you to change them whenever they want.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of guns, as well as their fists, to kill opponents, resulting in a ridiculous amount of blood, gore, dismemberment, and unsettling sound effects.
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Unmoderated multiplayer could expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prodeus is a downloadable first-person shooter for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Windows PCs. In it, players use a wide variety of guns, as well as their fists, to kill a lot of monsters. As a result, this has a ridiculous amount of blood, gore, dismemberment, and gruesome sound effects; like comically so. Communication in the game's online mode is not monitored. Otherwise, though, there's no objectionable content; no sex, cursing, drinking, or drug use.
Is It Any Good?
By boosting this old school-looking shooter with contemporary controls and other modern standards, this game is as fun now as it would've been decades ago. On the surface, Prodeus looks like it's 20, 30 years old. The graphics are pixelated, the animations are crude, and if that's not nostalgic enough for you, you can make it look like you're playing on the kind of low-res TV you had back then. Thankfully, though, the important aspects of the action are all modern. The controls are as smooth as a new game, the levels are cleverly multi-layered, while the weapons -- which all come with secondary attack options -- are as fun to use as they are effective, be it the dual machine guns or the chargeable shotgun. All of which makes this a fun and frantic shooter whether you play the solo or co-op with friends, or go up against other people in rounds of "Team Deathmatch" or the other multiplayer modes.
As entertaining as this shooter may be, though, it's not without its problems...though none are as fatal as getting a ball of energy to the face. You'll want to reconfigure the button layout a little to put the reload button in the right place, while also wishing there was an easier way to switch weapons when you're in the middle of a fight. This could also do a better job of telling players where they are and why everyone is trying to kill them. But no matter: by having enemies swarm the player, by having it having it happen in intricate places, and by giving you effective and entertaining weapons to defend yourself, Prodeus may look old school, but it plays like a classic.
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