The Destiny of Zorro

Common Sense Media says

A poorly made action/adventure featuring the classic hero.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The central idea of this game, as with most superhero stories, is that violence is necessary to serve justice.

Violence

Though presented without blood or close-ups, Zorro’s primary actions are bullwhipping and sword fighting opponents. The enemies wail when struck, and vanish once defeated.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action adventure game follows the exploits of the classic, masked superhero. Though he's a "good guy," the character does use a bullwhip and sword as his primary tools of justice. The controls are abysmal, making the game frustrating to play.

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What's it about?

ZORRO features the heroic exploits of the classic masked crusader in 19th century Mexico. Players take command of Zorro in 3rd person view and complete a series of missions. The story, though very thin, follows Zorro's quest to bring exploitative landowners to justice by fighting them and their henchmen, culminating in combat with a minotaur-headed villain.
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Your sword and whip mostly serve as weapons, though at times you'll break objects open to trigger events or use the whip to swing across environments. By using the Wii remote to make slashing and striking gestures, your actions translate to in-game use of weapons. Special moves are performed by \"drawing\" symbols – including the Zorro's signiture 'Z' - with your remote via a series of movements in correct sequence and direction. The Wii nunchuck is required, and is used for moving Zorro around the levels.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Skillfully slicing symbols into the environment with a sword and whip seem like an ideal way to use the Wii's motion controls, but Zorro just doesn't – ahem – cut it. Poor graphics and frustratingly inaccurate controls will disappoint even fans of the Zorro character and universe. There's nothing so maddening as a game that handicaps a beloved superhero with weak production values and clunky gameplay.

Even in tutorial mode the moves are nearly impossible to correctly execute and when you finally do nail a combination, it feels more like luck than skill. Compounding matters, there are no difficulty settings. The game's last-generation graphics and awkward camera angles don't help either. The Destiny of Zorro, in short, feels unfinished and sloppy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game differs from the film version. Is the story the same? What are some of the attributes of Zorro? There’s some historical context here, too; Zorro’s enemies are landowners who oppress peasants. Are there real world situations – past or present – similar to this?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:505 Games
Release date:May 6, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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