A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Not much of a story, much less a message. Players fight monsters but only as part of solving challenges.
Positive Role Models
Characters are cute but pretty generic overall. Outside of voices used for occasional shouting, grunts, they're interchangeable.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish, cute style takes away impact of violence. That said, purpose is still to take out other players, monsters with variety of weapons, including bows and arrows, slingshots, boomerangs, hammers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wondershot is a downloadable arena fighting action game designed for one to four players. Players use a small number of basic weapons to try to eliminate the other players to be the last person standing at the end. Despite the violent nature of play, the cartoonish style ensures that there's no blood or gore, as defeated players and monsters simply fall over and disappear. Other than the violence, the game is relatively kid-friendly, even encouraging groups of family members or friends to play together.
Is It Any Good?
As video games evolve, getting more and more complex as time goes on, it's refreshing to dial things back a bit and enjoy something a little more simple, even if it doesn't last forever. It's even better to share that experience with friends and family. That's where Wondershot shines. Its controls are easy to pick up and play, so anyone of any skill level can feel like a crack shot. The "one hit, one kill" mentality adds tension to every round. And most importantly, the lightning-fast pacing of the game means that, regardless of whether you win or lose, you're always left itching for "just one more match." It's fun, quirky competition that's reminiscent of that classic arcade feel.
As much fun as Wondershot can be with a group, the novelty doesn't last forever. The fact is there's simply not enough variety to keep things interesting. The game only features four playable characters and four weapons. And if you don't have anyone handy to play with (the game is local co-op only, no online option), you're stuck with nothing more than the single-player adventure mode, which presents players with a series of challenges to complete -- usually defeating a certain number of monsters with specific restrictions in place. It's essentially more of an extended tutorial than a standalone adventure. And by the end of the day, Wondershot might be right on target if you're looking for a little friendly competition, but it misses the mark entirely for any sort of staying power.
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