Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Robot-fighting game easy to play but monotonous.

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Positive Messages

Good can overcome evil. Anyone can make a difference, no matter how young they are -- or how bleak the situation appears.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Four main characters protect multiple dimensions from destruction by working together, never arguing or worrying about personal agendas, and always being friendly and optimistic. 

Ease of Play

Controls are straightforward, with simple button presses for attacks. 


Combat is between large mechanized robots, so players never see characters in pain. Defeated enemies vanish. Colorful weapons detach the impact of violence.


"Hell" in dialogue.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle is a robot-fighting game based on the anime TV series Tenkai Knights. Players customize their combatants with armor, colors, weapons, etc. and then fight a series of enemy robots using fantasy weapons. Opponents simply disappear when defeated, and there's no depiction of injury. Mild language includes "hell" in dialogue.

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What's it about?

TENKAI KNIGHTS: BRAVE BATTLE is set in a fantastical world filled with large robots that fight wars against each other instead of traditional human soldiers. The game centers on four young, ambitious, robot-piloting characters who accidentally fall into a magical portal, sending them to another dimension, where they find themselves needing to protect both dimensions from an onslaught of evil robots.

Is it any good?

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle has some charm, with its simple presentation, controls, and graphics. It's easy to pick up and play, with only three types of attack: weak, strong, and special. Players don't need to worry about crazy combination attacks, defense strategies, counterattacks, or any advanced elements. And you can customize your robots with armor and weapons, using pieces you collect, which provides some incentive to keep playing through the onslaught of enemies.

But you'll find that the game quickly becomes monotonous. Environments may have different colors and other flourishes, but they feel like copies of one another, with very little variety in terms of layout and structure. Also, there's not much that separates the enemies, making each battle feel like the same thing. The result is a game novices can enjoy but likely will become bored with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle. Weapons are cartoon-like, and there's no blood or gore or cries of pain. Is the violence OK because it isn't realistic?

  • Discuss how the characters made a difference in this world. Do you think in the real world one person can make a difference? Why, or why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Price: $39.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: October 7, 2014
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Topics: Adventures, Robots
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

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