Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps/White Dog Squad

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Yo-kai spin-off adds more ghostly action to fun franchise.

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Positive Messages

Overall themes of friendship, teamwork as you build your team and work to overcome the different monsters and creatures trying to interfere with, terrorize the human world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All kinds of strange creatures of all shapes, sizes, dispositions are in world of Yo-kai. Still, despite differences in personalities, they still manage to work together, build strong bonds of friendship over course of their adventures.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is pretty straightforward as gamers take a more direct role in the attacks of their team members. There's a strong strategic element here too, with players required to select the best Yo-kai to fill specific roles in the team and best manage characters' strengths, weaknesses.

Violence

Players launch attacks in real-time arcade-like button mashing strikes, which are different from what's in the main Yo-Kai Watch series. Attacks are generally cartoonish in nature, with plenty of flourish and visual effects, but nothing graphic. Defeated enemies simply disappear in a puff of smoke.

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Spin-off of the main Yo-Kai Watch franchise, which is also supported by an animated TV show, movies, toys, and variety of other products. Game also features exclusive add-on content available to people who own any previous Yo-Kai Watch games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad are two spin-off additions to the popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise. The games are action/role-playing games available for the Nintendo 3DS, with minor tweaks to content between the two versions. Players take control of a team of Yo-kai characters, recruited and trained throughout the course of the game, as they battle against other Yo-kai and supernatural monsters in an effort to keep the human world safe from mischief and mayhem. The games continue with and expand on the tongue-in-cheek humor the franchise is known for. Players have more direct control over combat here than in the main Yo-Kai Watch games, but its slapstick style and cartoonish look keep the action from ever being too intense for younger gamers.

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What's it about?

YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: RED CAT CORPS AND WHITE DOG SQUAD takes place in a world where Terror Time is a magical place that exists between the Yo-kai world and the world of humans. It’s a place where human or Yo-kai creatures might stumble when they misbehave, and where some of the more mischievous Yo-kai and giant Oni are more than eager to dish out a little punishment. That’s where the Watch Blasters come in. When the clock strikes for Terror Time and bad guys rear their ugly heads, these (not so) fearless Yo-kai heroes answers the call. Put together your team of four Yo-kai adventurers and set out to confront the danger head-on. Recruit new characters, train your heroes, and build the best Yo-kai Blaster team the spectral world has ever seen. And for those times when things are too tough to face alone, team up with up to three friends in local or online co-op play. The fate of two worlds is in your hands. Are you up to the challenge?

Is it any good?

This action-based role-playing adventure is a spin-off of a popular franchise, but its fast-paced play will easily earn it fans for its amusing, cartoonish monster busting. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is an offshoot of the popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise, and dives a bit deeper into the game's spirit world. In Japanese mythology, "Yōkai" are spirits that can possess people, animals, and items to cause both fortune and mayhem. In the Yo-Kai Watch series, these spirits tend to be a bit more mischievous than malevolent, and many can even become friends with certain humans and help them out in their weirdly unique ways. The main games usually tell their tales from the human side of things, but in the new spin-off title Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, fans get to take on adventure from the Yo-kai perspective with barely a human in sight. Instead, players control a party of Yo-kai characters and venture out in more arcade-style action, blending easy-to-play button mashing mixed with light role-playing strategy.

The game makes a lot of cool pop culture references that might get lost on younger players, but older gamers will get a kick out of them. In fact, the foundation of the game is basically one big parody of the original Ghostbusters movie, right down to the firehouse HQ and the tricked-out car. It's a fun setup, but more importantly, it's just a lot of fun to play. Admittedly, the button mashing can get a little repetitive over time, but mixing and matching team members to try out new combinations keeps things from ever getting stale. And as much fun as the game is solo, adding extra players via local or online play adds a whole new element to the fun. With a full group controlling members of the team, the game begins to take on a more party atmosphere. No matter how you play, though, Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad are great ghostly additions to the silly supernatural franchise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps or White Dog Squad affected by the cartoonish visuals? Would the impact be intensified by scarier visuals or more realistic enemies?

  • What are some of the ways that people can come together to work as a team, using their individual strengths while shoring up each other's possible weaknesses? What are the benefits of working together as a team versus taking on a task alone?

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