A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
When you mess up, you can fall into a pit and become impaled on spikes, but it isn't gory and you can restart from the moment before you made the wrong choice. In other instances when you do something wrong, the goons can truss you up and carry you off, but again, you can always restart the puzzle and try to avoid your previous mistake. You can use frog bombs to knock out goons but it's all very cartoonish. Near the end, you have a sword fight with some zombie pirates.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game has only mild cartoon violence -- but when you make a mistake, your character can die. No gore is shown and you can come back to life and retry the puzzle. We set the minimum age at 8 to reflect the difficulty level of the puzzles; a great feature of the game provides parents with a way to help by circling areas kids should investigate. Unfortunately, the lead character likes to chomp down candy bars.
Is It Any Good?
Every once in a while, a video game developer does everything right. What makes Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure so special is that it combines a quirky cartoon adventure featuring a young pirate boy and his whirly-gig sidekick with outstanding environmental puzzles that get your creative juices flowing. Plus, to keep kids from getting frustrated, the game builds in a hint system and the ability to redo fatal mistakes. And, as icing on this video game cake, the game is loaded with hilarious dialogue.
With over 30 hours of gameplay, the puzzles can be played slowly over time. There are also Mini games to explore. Plus, the game allows others to get involved as advisors who can draw circles around areas to investigate. This is a fun way for a parent and child to play together.
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