A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
It's adorable, grade-school age, Peanuts characters blowing each other up. That just doesn't feel like a good message.
Positive Role Models
Lucy always got very upset and freaked out about "dog germs" whenever Snoopy would lick her face -- but until now, we've never seen her come after him with wing-mounted gatling guns.
Ease of Play
The controls are easy, but the computer-controlled opponents can be pretty tough. Of course, the game is built around multiplayer battles, so its difficulty is then entirely determined by your opponents' skill.
Violence & Scariness
The settings and the characters may be bright, cartoony Peanuts animation, but the artillery and ammunition (and the warfare) can seem frighteningly realistic at times. Bullets and missiles fly everywhere, leaving explosions, flames, and billows of black smoke in their wake. Realistic sounds of gunfire and explosions are constant. Each time a plane explodes its pilot is seen floating safely out of the battle with a parachute, so ostensibly no one dies. However, if you are shot down, a caption one the screen tells you "You were killed" and a "death count" is among your stats.
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Products & Purchases
While connected to the Peanuts cartoon franchise, the game does not overtly attempt to sell or promote the Peanuts brand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite its cartoony trappings and the appearance of the lovable Peanuts characters, Snoopy Flying Ace is not a game designed for young kids. It is all about shooting down one another's airplanes and contains constant, loud, explosive, chaotic scenes of aerial warfare. The level of violence is such that it may be shocking to any child expecting a silly, cartoony Peanuts game. While there is a lengthy enough solo campaign, the game is also centered around online multiplayer battles, during which kids could be exposed to inappropriate chat comments from other players. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
The idea of Snoopy Flying Ace -- a violent, aerial shoot-em-up featuring Charlie Brown and friends -- might seem like an incredibly odd one, but it is executed fabulously. The visuals are absolutely stunning -- lush, smoothly rendered environments that are half realistic landscape, half cartoony Peanuts land (a desert battle, for instance, has you swooping around a Charlie-Brown-headed sphinx). The crash-boom-ping sound effects are also startlingly good (and we mean "startling" in more ways than one). You've also got smooth controls, and exciting, suspenseful action.
If not for the Peanuts tie-in, this probably would have been just a fantastic T-rated aerial warfare simulator. While the violence is toned down to a point at which it is certainly not T-rated, it is still far more than you'd ever expect from a Peanuts game.
Online interaction: Up to 16 players can engage in massive "deathmatch"-style aerial dogfights. The multiplayer action can be chaotic fun, but on Xbox Live, there's always the chance of hearing unedited chat comments from random players or players exchanging personal information.
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