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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure is an action game that's downloadable for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of one of the UglyDolls trying to prevent their world from being destroyed by robotic invaders. The game contains mild violence against these robotic enemies, along with some comic mischief. While it's based off of the UglyDolls franchise (which has a movie coming out in May 2019), it's a stand alone game that's easy to learn and play, even though there are some complex menu elements that players have to get used to. There's also no inappropriate content to be found in the game.
What's it about?
In UGLYDOLLS: AN IMPERFECT ADVENTURE, the UglyDolls live in Uglyville, a town that is far from ideal. Robots, in the neighboring community of Perfection, stumble into Uglyville and are so distressed by the chaos there that they invade Uglyville to remodel the quaint village. Players select one of two characters, and are tasked with closing the way into Uglyville before transporting the robots back to Perfection. The arcade-style adventure game throws players into areas where they'll run from robots, collect materials to craft objects, and use these newly acquired items to thwart the robots' plans. Can you save Uglyville before it's too late?
Is it any good?
Though colorful and initially charming, this game quickly becomes a repetitive exercises in seek, dash, craft, and repeat. The initial concept for UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure offers possibilities for a lot of fun and innovative, not to mention clever, gameplay. For example, one of the earlier quests asks players to collect parts to build a machine, which will craft a door. Shortly after this, you then shove a nearby chair under the newly made doorknob to prevent more robots from coming into Uglyville. The game builds up these tasks in such a way that each job seems monumental and vitally important. But what soon becomes apparent, though, is that the missions frequently require players to do the same thing over and over. While that might be good for younger players, it's too repetitive to hold the interest of older gamers.
The graphics help to sell the gameplay, and the kid-friendly environment is a big plus as well. UglyDolls is a colorful, 2D game although its camera requires constant shifting to stay behind the controlled character as they maneuver through the environment. The UglyDolls themselves aren't ugly, and have a certain charm that adds to the setting. Voiceovers, used in the major cutscenes, make even the most mundane of events sound stupendously important. It's just too bad that Uglydolls: An Imperfect Adventure is so simple and repetitive with its gameplay that it doesn't rise to the level of the dialogue. Only young fans of the franchise would be engaged here; everyone else will probably look for something different (and more challenging) to play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Do the graphics of a game help to make it fun? How hard does the player want the game to be? Does the story matter? What was fun and appealing about the story of UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure, and what elements weren't fun?
- Platforms: Windows
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Outright Games
- Release date: April 26, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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