Spitlings

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Arcade game brings the party and a challenge to chew on.

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Positive Messages

Solo play doesn't carry much in the way of message, but once you add more players, teamwork becomes a big focus. If one player messes up, the stage restarts for everyone. But working together as a team can make short work of many stages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there are 100 different Spitlings to collect, each with its own unique designs, they're basically cosmetic differences. The designs have personality, but the characters don't.

Ease of Play

Controls, while simple, still take a little getting used to in terms of moving, shooting, and recharging and/or collecting your teeth. Arcade game style progressively ramps up the difficulty, but there's no penalty for defeat other than restarting the stage.

Violence & Scariness

Characters move around the stage shooting at bouncing globs of goo, splitting them into smaller pieces before eliminating them entirely. If players are touched by the goo, the level restarts. No explicit violence, and game is suitable for all ages.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spitlings is an arcade/action game for one to four players on the Stadia gaming platform. Players control unique Spitling creatures, navigating stages and "spitting" their teeth to destroy bouncing globs of alien goo. Multiplayer games put a focus on teamwork, with players working together to eliminate all the goo. Though the game is easy to pick up and play, there's a lot of challenge in the 100+ stages. There's very little in the way of violence, and what does appear is cartoonish in nature. Otherwise, there's no offensive content to be found.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byiHeart Jojo siwa September 1, 2020

why pay money when you can get it for free

why pay money when you can get it for free

What's it about?

SPITLINGS is a colorful, quirky, and action-packed arcade-style game. Players control rectangular creatures called Spitlings as they try to defend themselves from an alien invasion of strange, bouncy goo that's infested their home world. Luckily for them, Spitlings have the unique talent to spit out, collect back, and even regrow their teeth. Using the Spitlings' skills to their advantage, players must run, jump, and shoot their way through more than 100 different stages of arcade action, wiping each area clean of goo before moving on to the next. Players can take on the challenge solo and try to rescue all their Spitling friends, adding Spitlings to their collection and unlocking them for play. Of course, no Spitling should ever have to fight alone. That's why Spitlings includes co-op play for up to four players. Just be sure to work together, because Spitlings are a tight-knit group of misfits. They succeed as a team or they fail as a team, and one player's misstep means the whole team starts over from scratch.

Is it any good?

Sometimes a game comes along that has some teeth. Spitlings delivers on that in multiple ways. With characters that literally spit their teeth at enemies, the game is not exactly a testament to proper dental hygiene, but it's a heck of a lot of fun to play. The controls are easy to pick up and play, but at the same time, it can take some practice before you really get the hang of how to navigate the game. Instead of a jump, Spitlings shoot teeth down to launch themselves up. And with a limited number of shots available before they have to either pick up their teeth or leave themselves vulnerable while recharging and regrowing teeth, there's a lot more on-the-fly strategy involved than you might expect.

Once you get comfortable with the basic mechanics of Spitlings, it's a hard game to put down. The single-player mode is a real challenge, especially at higher levels, requiring deft dodging skills, lightning-fast reflexes, and sharp aim. But multiplayer is where Spitlings really shines. The action gets absolutely chaotic with four players trying to work together on one screen in couch co-op play. While the lack of online play means you won't be setting up matches with friends and family around the globe, the local co-op is perfect for when you have a few friends over or want to get in a family game night.  And since all it takes is one player getting hit by the alien goo to restart the stage for everyone, there's still that competitive feeling even while teamwork is the main focus.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sporting behavior and teamwork. What are some positive ways to work as a team, and how should kids practice good sporting behavior?

  • How can things like a "game night" help to strengthen the bonds of friends and family?

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