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We brought this game for our 2 children, a girl age 6 and a boy who is 5, and few months ago. They found it quite hard to play. Its a good game if you are a game whizz, but as they don't go on the wii an awful lot they couldnt get the hang of it properly. Me and my boyfriend ended up sitting there for ages trying to complete the levels egged on by the children!!They preferred watching us on it than playing it themselves!Considering it is for children its not a very easy game to play!!
Normally, we try to restrict presents to special occasions, but as our son had been so good and had done marvellously at school recently, and we had a bunch of games to trade in and a gift card for Game, we decided to preempt Christmas, and get this Wii Ben 10 Alien Force game ahead of time. Our son, Will, is 5, and absolutely mad on Ben 10. We restrict when he watches TV and plays on the Wii, and he is happy enough with this agreement. When he does get a chance to play on teh Wii, it's pretty much always this game he goes for. Essentially, it is a basic platform game with not really anything special about it. You control a character, who must negotiate an area, with enemies, and defeat an end of level boss. Along the way, your character can acquire extra things to help defeat more powerful bosses. It's a standard format, and a winning one, and it's well adapted to Ben 10 Alien Force. You play each level with the character given to you, be it Ben, Kevin or Gwen, each with their different powers. Ben can naturally change into the various aliens that his alien watch, the Omnitrix, contains. What I like about this element of the game is that the main focus is on Ben, but he only starts off with one alien. You haver to progress through levels and defeat a certain number of enemies before learning a new move, or acquiring another alien. As the game progresses and your repertoire of aliens and moves increases, so too does the level of difficulty. The first few levels are quite easy, but as the game progresses, we found ourselves more and more having to repeat levels to pass them. This can result in frustration, so it's well worth being on hand to help if it's needed, or to calm down a situation if they can't quite manage it. Will has mastered the combo of the nunchuk and the controller, having played a few of the Lego games before, so controlling the characters wasn't a problem for him. There are some elements that get a little violent, but nothing more than the cartoon would. If you are unsure as to whether it would be suitable or not for your kid, all I can suggest is being around so you can pause or stop the game. I recommend this game quite highly. It is one that you can come back to time and time again, enjoying it immensely whether you're an adult or a kid. It has high playability, the graphics are quite good, and the character control is good as well. There are slight delays with some characters depending on which combination of moves you do, and it is sometimes hard to break out of a combo when you want to, thus opening yourself up to be attacked, and this can cause frustration. I know it bugged me!! You can save the game after each level if you want to turn it off, and if you do 'die' during a level then there are often checkpoints as you progress through, and you will likely return to the latest of these as opposed to going all the way back to the beginning of the level. I recommend buying this for your kid. It helps, naturally, if they are already Ben 10 fans, but if not, it's a good way of introducing them to what is a quite entertaining TV series that seems to have taken the market by storm. You can't go anywhere without seeing or hearing a mention of Ben 10 these days, and this game is one of the many products that get a thumbs up from me.
I have written a couple of reviews on Ben 10 items because as I have said before my boys are obsessed with it. We have a house full of Ben 10 things and this wii game is the lastest addition. It was my eldest son's 5th birthday recently and he actually got both Ben 10 wii games, one is Ben 10 Protector of the Earth and the one I am reviewing is Ben 10 Alien Force. This is the one they prefer to play on, so expect another review when they get round to playing on the other. We have had a wii console for about a year now and all of the family just love it. I think it is a great concept turning playing computer games into physical activity. My boys are only 3 and 5 but love to play on wii sports, so I expected them to like this game featuring there favourite TV character. The game cost £17.99 from Tesco but I think that was on special offer with £3 off the retail price. It features Ben, Gwen and Kevin from the Alien Force series and throughout the game at different stages you will be all of these characters. You need to use your wii remote and the nunchunk for this game, the remote is what you use to fight and the nunchunk is for direction. This is where the problem lies for us, my boys find it impossible to manage both at the same time, so my husband will use the nunchunk and let the boys take it in turns for fighting. I suppose it is too old for them to play on their own but they love doing the fighting and with the help of my husband are making their way through the levels. I tend not to play on it as I am rubbish at 'boys' games. It really is just a fighting game, turning into different aliens and fighting the baddies, at the end of each level there is always a big monster to fight. The fun thing is though when you begin you have only got one alien, Big Chill, and as you complete each level there is another alien you can change into, my boys love it when they get a new alien. The only complaint they have with this game is that if you don't complete a level in one session then it always starts back at the beginning but all games are like this. A great game that keeps my boys entertained even if they are too young, what boy doesn't want to play being his favourite superhero.