A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game’s primary themes have to do with helping others and solving problems.
Positive Role Models
Our hero is essentially a young handyman who roams around the island helping its citizens and creatures. He’s got a reputation for being a bit lazy, but is generally a nice, well-mannered kid.
Ease of Play
The controls and objectives are all quite simple, though sometimes your missions aren’t entirely clear. Also, there are some places where your character can become stuck on something in the environment, requiring a game reboot.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, despite its ominous name, The Island of Dr. Frankenstein is safe and appropriate for any child old enough to be able to read its instructions, which are generally quite short. There’s no violence in the game; players simply run around a floating island helping its inhabitants. Even its monsters, which include a mummy, a werewolf, and a creature separated from his legs (which wander about on their own) are much more amusing than scary.
Is It Any Good?
This is a game best thought of as a child’s introduction to the world of adventure and role-playing games. Its world is small and painless to navigate, the story is mellow and easy to digest, and the controls are dead simple. However, it’s also less polished—and less fun—than, say, a Mario game. The blocky, texture-less graphics are decidedly dated and the music extremely repetitive. What’s more, the activities in which the player engages are uninspired and derivative. There are no fatal flaws, but it does feel like a very short, bare-bones adventure. Its attractive bargain price of $19.99 is what ends up earning the game a somewhat hesitant thumbs-up.
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