Spectrobes: Origins

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Action role-playing game has frequent but mild violence.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It’s a game about saving the universe from indisputably malevolent aliens. There are also strong themes of equality and cooperation; players can switch at will between the game’s equally skilled male and female leads and can play cooperatively via a drop-in two-player mode.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game’s heroes are selfless, providing aid and protection to distressed civilians. They occasionally bicker with one another, but it is clear that they share a mutual respect.

Ease of Play

The controls are explained through an exhaustive series of in-game tutorials. Even novice players should have an easy time figuring out how to play.

Violence

Violence is frequent but mild. Players use melee and energy weapons as well as monster-ish creatures called spectrobes to battle oddly shaped alien creatures that vanish once defeated. Players never fight humans, and there is no blood.

Sex

Not an issue.

Language

Not an issue.

Consumerism

Surprisingly, not much, given the publisher. The Spectrobes games represent Disney Interactive’s first original intellectual property, meaning that the story and characters are not based on any existing Disney movies, television shows, or toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not an issue.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is an action-oriented role-playing game with frequent but mild violence. Players take on the role of a pair of noble young humans assigned to help protect the galaxy from evil aliens intent on destroying humanity. Battles involve monsters, aliens, and a variety of melee and energy weapons. There is no blood, and downed foes simply vanish. Players have the ability to switch between the male and female leads at will, allowing boys and girls to select to play as a character of their own gender. Drop-in cooperative play lets a pair of players band together for a positive social gaming experience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written bychrrr October 11, 2009
Kid, 10 years old June 17, 2011

A good Spectrobes game?!

Content: Violence is worse than its DS predecessors, but not by much in my point of view. Violence is bloodless, but you will hear the occasional "grunt... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygolder October 28, 2009

What's it about?

Disney Interactive’s popular Spectrobes series arrives on the Wii with SPECTROBES: ORIGINS, an action-oriented role-playing game in which players take on the roles of a pair of young space-faring human fighters assigned to protect the galaxy from the Krawl, a race of malevolent aliens intent on wiping out humanity. Players travel about, helping innocents who have come under attack by the evil invaders while collecting more powerful spectrobes—monsters that they can control and send into real-time battles by flicking the Wii remote toward the screen. When not engaged in combat and exploring new environments, players spend their time visiting villages and chatting with locals or managing their spectrobes in the game's menu. Two-player drop-in cooperative play lets players recruit a friend to assist them.

Is it any good?

There’s not much originality in Spectrobes: Origins, but it’s still a slick and entertaining play. The real-time battles are simple and fun. Players simply tap the A-button to make their characters attack and use the d-pad and a flick of the Wii remote to send their spectrobes into battle. You can choose to let your spectrobes take on enemies on their own or help them out, creating big combos along the way. Collecting new creatures by using Child-form spectrobes to search the countryside is similarly engrossing, as is leveling up your spectrobes to augment their abilities.

Things start to drag a bit whenever the bland and predictable save-the-universe narrative kicks in, but, thankfully, players spend most of their time exploring and battling. It’s a safe bet that kids who enjoyed the first couple of Spectrobes games will eat this one up as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cooperative gaming. Which do you enjoy more: playing games alone or with others? When playing with others, do you prefer to play competitively or cooperatively? How does playing cooperatively tend to change the gaming experience? How do you feel after a session of intense competitive play as opposed to a couple of hours of cooperative play?

Game details

For kids who love Wii games

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