A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wreck-It Ralph is based on the movie of the same name. Players enter the world of an arcade where all the characters from the different games come to life at night and interact with one another. As the main "bad guy" of the group, Ralph sets off on a quest to prove there is more to him than meets the eye. Players enter different game environments and must traverse through various levels in order to progress the story. Along the way, players will need to attack robotic bug creatures, but this is as simple as just punching the bugs to make them disappear. There is no sense of gratuitous or over-the-top violence.
What's it about?
WRECK-IT RALPH is the story of a decades-old video game character who has been type-cast as the "bad guy" from day one. He eventually decides he has had enough of that stigma and wants to prove to the rest of the arcade that he can be a good guy too. So he enters another arcade machine in search of a medal but when things go wrong, it's up to the perennial good guy "Fix-It Felix" to save the day. Despite his trials and tribulations, though, Ralph ends up proving there is more to a person than what's on the outside.
Is it any good?
Wreck-It Ralph seems to have missed the full potential of a video game based on the movie of the same name. The movie takes place in an arcade and takes players on a journey from a vintage, "old-school" game to a brand new action game to a family-friendly racing game. The opportunity would have been to create a video game that focuses on these three different gameplay types. Instead, this game is mainly comprised of a relatively uninspired series of maze-maneuvering and platform-jumping. That being said, players do get to explore different environments from the movie, and they do tie in nicely with the unfolding story. It's a good video game adaptation of a movie, but given that this particular movie is all about video games, it feels like there could have been more.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, storytelling
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, moving beyond obstacles, self-awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
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