A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game can be played in groups of two to four players locally or online. Note that online play does not support text or voice communication.
Violence & Scariness
There are three shooting events that involve guns and a bow, but players shoot only at inanimate practice targets.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is a simple track and field simulation. The action consists primarily of jumping, running, and throwing events and is family-friendly. Mixed into the 14 events are three that feature shooting via guns and a bow, but the targets are inanimate. While the content is assuredly for all-ages, most of the events require some degree of discipline and dexterity, and will be difficult for younger children to master. Note, too, that while this game offers online play it does not support text or voice communication, which means there is no need to worry about children stumbling upon improper language or confidential information being exchanged.
Is It Any Good?
Track and field games are typically pretty simple in design and concept, and World Championship Games is no different. Players select an athlete, a country to represent, and then have at it. The only real differentiator here is in control. The game's developers have come up with some interesting, if sometimes complex, methods of interface. Sprinting, for example, requires players to tap the stylus on footprints moving down the touch screen at the exact moment they hit a horizontal bar, rather like a rhythm game. It's a welcome change from beating the A and B buttons to make your runner hoof it down the track. Executing a long jump, on the on the other hand, is much more challenging than it should be. Players begin by tapping the footprints to run, then they must hold one of the shoulder buttons for a set length of time to set the angle of the leap, then press the A button to successfully land. It's unlikely that younger children will have the discipline to learn such complicated controls, but for older players who take the time to master them, World Championship Games can be a pleasant distraction.
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