Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic platformer game has retro visual style.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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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Consumerism

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.

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What 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.

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Kid, 11 years old February 28, 2018

Best game ever!!!

If your kid wants this get them it!

What's it about?

In REGULAR SHOW: MORDECAI AND RIGBY IN 8-BIT LAND, the titular characters romp through many colorful environments as they find themselves hopelessly trapped inside a vintage video game world. There's little in the way of an actual story line, as players are mostly focused on making their way through the winding levels of side-scrolling platforms and bottomless pits. There are a handful of gameplay styles, mostly revolving around the basic archetype of running across platforms and defeating enemy creatures. The most intense action occurs during space-themed shooting missions, as well as during protracted "boss battles."

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cartoon-style violence. Do you think this game is violent? Why, or why not? How is its impact different from a game with better, more realistic graphics?

  • What was a time you found yourself in an unfamiliar situation? How did you handle it?

  • If you could go an adventure with your best friend, what would it be?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Price: $19.95
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: D3Publisher of America
  • Release date: October 29, 2013
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence

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