A Lot or a Little?
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The kids are good, but potty humor and childish insults abound. The game’s narrator/instructor frequently calls the player names including butt-face and dork, and enemies like the green, squishy booger monsters are kind of gross.
Positive Role Models
Aside from some name-calling, the player characters are good-hearted kids intent on doing the right thing, whether that’s clearing a house full of booger monsters or taking on a power-mad CEO.
Ease of Play
In-game instructions direct players in everything they must do.
Violence & Scariness
The player goes up against crocodiles that lob bombs, snot spewing booger monsters, and poisonous snakes. They can attack and defend themselves by jumping on enemies, shooting them with shrink rays, and using telekinesis. There is no blood or screaming or human death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Not an issue.
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Some mild schoolyard insults, including dummy, butt-face, and dork.
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Products & Purchases
It’s a tie-in product for the recently released children’s movie of the same name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a tie-in with the movie Shorts. It panders to a child’s sense of humor, delivering the sort of gross jokes (booger monsters) and schoolyard name-calling ("butt-face," "dork") that often amuses kids but can frustrate parents working to curb such influences. The violence, which includes cartoonish bombs, poisonous snakes, shrink rays, and telekinesis, is fairly mild, but still better suited for consumption by older children.
Is It Any Good?
Shorts seems to be slipping through the cracks. It was available at only a smattering of major retailers at the time of this writing, and that’s a bit of a shame since it offers up platforming action that’s a bit more compelling than standard game-based-on-a-movie fare. It should be just challenging enough for the ten-and-up audience for which it is geared, and it provides ample opportunity for them to use their brains to figure out how to take on enemies with varying abilities and work out how to move from one platform to the next by, say, growing plant stalks, performing hover jumps, or drawing platforms. The only serious downside is its length. With 26 levels to explore -- each of which takes less than ten minutes on average -- your kids could potentially blow through the game in a single liesurely evening. What’s more, replay value is low, as it plays more or less the same the second time through. Still, at $20, it’s pretty affordable.
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