Ben 10 makes a welcome return to consoles and brings with him a mixture of action, brawling and some weird and whacky aliens too. Also along for the ride are his most infamous enemies, including Zombozo, Queen Bee, and the Weatherheads. So if you’re looking for some Cartoon Network fun and a colourful gaming experience, then listen up.
Ben 10 is essentially a beat-em-up with a hint of platforming. It’s executed perfectly which makes everything flow super smooth. Control wise it’s a simple affair, which for the younger player will add to the addictiveness of rampaging through each level. A tap on the square button lands a blow whilst the triangle button acts as a counter attack. Armed with the Omnitrix, Ben can transform into ten different alien creatures, but you’re not given access to all of the gang straight off. These unlock one by one as you progress. And it’s because of this that you get time to play and learn each character’s unique abilities and fighting styles. Holding down the trigger button opens up the different aliens available. If you take too much damage while playing as your favourite alien you’ll be transformed back to Ben. Furthermore, certain aliens need to be used at certain times on your journey, but everything is explained so don’t fret. This is Ben 10 remember, not Metal Gear Solid.
Filling up your Omnitrix by bashing nearby enemies is when you’re good to unleash your ultimate power. Here it’s multiple payback time as a cut scene kicks in and displays your character’s power. Reducing swarms of enemies to burnt toast in seconds will get you out of jail and ready to conquer onward.
Levels are straightforward and require you to punch and platform your way to the end. There’s nothing too taxing – it’s more of a kick back and relax time, chuckle at the cut scenes and enjoy the childlike entertainment. There are six stages in total and a boss fight at every other level. While the different stages do look different, each level is very similar in terms of gameplay. You’ll have some collectables to nab in secluded areas and also some optional objectives to meet but there’s not a great deal of variety on offer.
That being said, Outright Games have done a fine job with Ben 10. Once my little player two is old enough, I’ll put his teddy to the side and replace it with a DualShock 4 controller, whilst loading up Ben 10 to let him loose on.
Ben 10 really captures the tone, colour and voice’s of the series and delivers a super cute colourful game for everyone. While there’s not too much of a challenge ahead, who cares? Ben is a blast from start to finish for all ages.
Lizard Rating 7.5/10
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