What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spare Parts is a downloadable arcade game available from the PlayStation Network or the XBLA LIVE Arcade store for a price. Up to two gamers can play the game in a cooperative setting, but each will be required to have his or her own controller. Online match-ups are also available for cooperative play, and require an active Internet connection. The game has minor violence and animated goo (when killing bugs), involves combat against creatures such as bugs and robots, and requires players to learn a number of combat tactics to succeed against numerous enemies that attack all at once.
What's it about?
SPARE PARTStells the story of robots Mar-T and Chip, who are stranded on a strange and dangerous planet along with a broken space ship.The two robots must find the missing parts to repair the ship, fight, or avoid the minions of the evil Lord Krung (who is intent on stopping them) as well as fend off the various creatures that inhabit the world.There are creatures and robots to fight, collectibles to find, and even other robots to rescue on the various levels of the game. Along the way, the robots will unlock upgrades (such as rocket boots that allow for short bursts to elevate the robot), as well as be graded on each level completed.
Is it any good?
Spare Parts is a visual treat, and the action is fast and furious. The levels are well designed, though relatively short, and the overall mechanics should be familiar to anyone that has played a platforming game before. The game begins as a single-player effort and then expands into cooperative play, both offline and online. The online was enjoyable, though several levels played were lost due to disconnects by the host. The narrator speaks in a tone that suggests the game was made for kids. There is really nothing innovative or fresh in this game; still, it is fast paced, looks very nice, and is particularly entertaining in its cooperative mode.
Online interaction: Cooperative gameplay is available, online or offline. During online portion, players can get into a quick level with a player chosen at random or manage invites. There is no direct communication between the players within the game.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about separating the violence seen onscreen from real violence.
They can also discuss how to responsibly handle the amount of time playing games.
Families can talk about how to practice good safety habits when playing any online games.
How do you integrate creative problem-solving when playing platform- and level-based games?