A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Aside from the two main characters' obvious friendship, there's not much to be said about positive messages in this game. There's very little dialogue and a very thin plot.
Positive Role Models
Mordecai and Rigby are good friends who work together to overcome a tough situation.
Ease of Play
Most levels are relatively straightforward, and, although there are plenty of chasms and obstacles, players shouldn't need to replay any given level more than a few times to get the hang of it.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of action in the game, as players are constantly faced with enemy creatures that must be defeated to advance. Gameplay ranges from jumping on snails to shooting down rogue aliens and UFOs. Most of the enemies are zany-looking creatures, but there are occasional human adversaries, some of whom even appear to be carrying guns. But part of the quirky appeal of this game -- as with the TV show on which it's based -- is that the graphics are poorly drawn on purpose. The enemy characters also are pixelated and not at all realistic, making the impact of any violent content difficult to be taken at face value.
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Products & Purchases
Although 8-bit Land doesn't promote anything, it's part of Regular Show, whose merchandise promotes the franchise to fans of the Cartoon Network show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land is based on the quirky animated TV show Regular Show. In the game, the main characters -- a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby -- find themselves trapped inside an antiquated (or "8-bit") video game and must find a way to escape. Some of the enemies carry guns, although the intentionally poorly drawn graphical style, along with the fact that there's little dialogue and almost no context to the enemy characters, lessens the impact of the violent content.
Is It Any Good?
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land is, in a word, adequate. It's clearly designed for fans of the TV show, and there are many references to it. On its own merits, the game follows a standard formula of running through levels and squashing enemy creatures. The visual style sets the game apart, with crudely drawn animals and aliens along with odd-looking characters and scenery. It does enough to keep the experience interesting, but barely. The background music tends to get repetitive, and it doesn't feel like there's enough of a challenge to make finishing the game as satisfying as it could be.
That being said, there's nothing inherently wrong with the game, and it should hold any player's interest long enough to be worth the purchase.
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