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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sonic Lost World is a fast-paced "platformer" game wherein the seemingly simple goal is to get from the start of each stage to the end. Along the way, of course, there's no shortage of hazards as well as enemy robots to get in the way. Players need to "attack" these robots to rack up high scores and ultimately make their way to the boss levels to take on the true enemy, Dr. Eggman. Although there's a frenetic pace to the game, as well as concepts of attacking enemies, it's all very colorful and fantastical in nature. The violence is cartoony and pretty mild.
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What's it about?
SONIC LOST WORLD continues the age-old tale of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, wherein the quick-witted blue hedgehog hero must race across all kinds of terrain to stop his nemesis, Dr. Eggman, from moving ahead with his latest plot to destroy the planet. Although the story line is toned down by a very cartoon-style, tongue-in-cheek presentation, players still feel the sense of urgency and responsibility to foil Eggman's plans. Along the way, players are confronted with a series of powerful villains known as Eggman's \"Deadly Six.\" Once players vanquish these foes, they will be on their way to confront Eggman directly and restore peace to the planet once again.
Is it any good?
Sonic Lost World lives up to the franchise's decades-long emphasis on speedy, fast-paced action and takes it to the next level. Players rarely even get a chance to enjoy the beautifully designed levels and landscape as they tear through each level with supersonic speed. Players will need to maneuver through the vast terrains as quickly as possible, moving left and right, jumping up and down, and occasionally even running upside down as the crazy levels twist and turn with rapid intensity. This fast-paced nature keeps the game interesting, if difficult and even frustrating at times.
Players also need to master a variety of special moves, controls, and attacks, making it as much a game of strategy and skill as one of speed and agility. Although this makes the game exciting, it also feels a bit empty since players are mainly worried about speeding through the levels rather than enjoying each one. It causes the experience to lose some of the classic Sonic personality. Nevertheless, it is a high-speed adventure worth the time of any Sonic the Hedgehog fan.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the aspect of jumping on and destroying Dr. Eggman's robotic enemies. Is this a violent act? Would it be different if the enemies were humans and not robots?
Who is someone you look up to in real life? Are there truly selfless heroes out there?
This game is fast-paced and requires a lot of focus and attention. Are there other things you do on a daily basis that require the same kind of attention?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Math: geometry, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: October 22, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence
For kids who love fast action and superheroes
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