Parents' Guide to

The Wonderful 101

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inventive but flawed brawler has frequent cartoon violence.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2013
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The Wonderful 101 is a bit of a mess. It’s a deeply inventive action/brawling game that doesn't invite easy comparison to other games and tries hard to surprise and enchant at nearly every turn. Indeed, many players will actively yearn to be drawn in by its colorful, highly stylized visuals and unusual play concepts.

But these same players are just as likely to be put off by a laundry list of design and play problems both big and small. A frustrating camera and tiny characters make it hard to tell what's going on; the main "unite" ability is awkwardly constructed, making it hard to properly and efficiently draw the required shapes; and dialogue strives for gut laughs but usually fails to elicit even a grin. A niche audience will likely click with the finicky morphing mechanic and stilted story, but most will likely come away from this creative and ambitious game frustrated and a little confused.

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