Ben10

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Weak fan site saved by feature that lets kids design games.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The cartoon series Ben 10: Alien Force centers around the title character, Ben and his fight to save humankind form a race of space aliens. The Web site gives information and background on the characters of the show, explaining how they have matured from the previous series, Ben 10, and how they've taken on new responsibilities and skills.

Violence & Scariness

Since the premise of the show is a universe-wide battle between aliens and humans, there is some level of violence in the cartoon and on the Web site. On the character descriptions for instance, you can learn about various aliens and their fighting abilities. These include neuroshock blasts and fire shooting, but also super intelligence and speed. The "good guys" often use detector power to ward off attacks rather than shooting back. Guns emit lightning and lasers rather than bullets.

Sexy Stuff

Only mild references to crushes, dates, and a possible kiss.

Language
Consumerism

Cartoon Network shows and products are heavily promoted. Ads for products and food are targeted at kids and provide links to advertisers' Web sites. Go-Gurt has an ad that encourages visitors to click and visit their site to enter a sweepstakes for a free camcorder. There are also links to mobile games that will appeal to kids, like the Scooby Doo Mystery mobile game that can be downloaded by visiting an advertisers' site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the Web site for the animated cartoon series Ben 10: Alien Force, and revolves around action and attacks between humans and aliens. Although there are guns and battles, there's no blood or gore, and characters are often shown using their smarts and physical skills, rather than weapons, to save planet Earth. The site has a message board where anyone can post without registering; but the board seems to be monitored pretty well.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 year old Written byhutman August 18, 2009
I like it because it is asome and it is cool and the best game ever and I saw It on tv all the time evry day and evry night ,too: thank you and I am gona say ye... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr Pops Alot September 25, 2015

dis sucks

this game sucks and the website is down
Kid, 11 years old January 11, 2011

good

I love it! I spent all my "screen time" there this week-in two days! However, safety might be a small problem because, although the messages are mon... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 18, 2014

cool theme song!

it is great. I think it has everything a kid wants.

What's it about?

Designed for fans of the Cartoon Network animated series, Ben 10: Alien Force, this Web site offers both show information (a character page, episode guide, and video clips, for example) as well as casual games. The site's most robust offering is the Game Creator, which allows visitors to create their own Ben 10-inspired game, and then open it up for other online gamers to play and rate. Visitors can choose their own background, layout, characters, and objectives from a menu of options. A video tutorial enables even newbies to build a decent submission.

Is it any good?

With character descriptions that give the lowdown on Ben 10's myriad creatures' assorted skills, as well as series snippets, Ben10.com offers newbies a good introduction to the show. True fans, however, probably will find the site lacking in rich, interesting content. Most of the departments skim the surface of the show, and the games are fairly simplistic. The site' saving grace is the Game Creator, which will appeal to would-be game designers, even if they've never heard of the television series. Just be ready to spend some quality time with this game's instructions as there is a lot to learn before you can create your own game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the site's game-design module. What do you think are some of the elements that you would add to your own video game? Do you like action or strategy? By making your own video game, do you think you would have a better understanding of what video game designers need to do to make an entertaining game?

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