Ben 10: Protector Of Earth
|a game by||1st Playable Productions|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.5/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Action Adventure Games, Ben 10 Series|
The Cartoon Network roster has been subject to many video games over the years. Codename Kids Next Door, Ed Edd and Eddy and Teen Titans have all had their own separate outings. However, few properties have been blessed with multiple video games of their own. Ben 10 is one such series that has been granted several opportunities to gain a foothold in the gaming industry. Today we take a look at the first, Ben 10: Protector of Earth.
This game plays rather like action platformer titles such as Klonoa 2: Lunateas Veil, Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Incredibles. Plus, it also acts as a blueprint for future Ben 10 games such as Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alliance: Cosmic Destruction. However, is this a blueprint that’s well constructed or plans for disaster? We find out in the review of Ben 10: Protector of Earth.
Game Respects Game
With a cartoon series that has garnered this much respect, it can be a daunting task for developers to take on. However, in this instance, it seems that the individuals in charge have truly captured the charm that makes this IP great. The team made a smart decision to include the most popular monster forms from the series rather than the full ten forms. A decision that brings quality over quantity in aspects such as moment, powerups, gimmicks and most importantly, combat. The game not only utilises the unique powers of these forms brilliantly, but it also provides great combat mechanics. Players are able to chain together slick combos, the story does enough to engage the player and drive them forward and then in terms of the grand boss battles. They are handled impeccably, with a grand sense of scale which makes each climactic end of a stage feel as epic as the show itself.
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While the game lulls the player into a false sense of security and enjoyment. Thus increasing one’s expectation for a constantly changing and evolving experience. Sadly, the game shows it’s hand right at the start and then has nothing left up its sleeve. The combat becomes repetitive and essentially boils down to mindless button bashing. Plus, the game doesn’t offer any intense platforming, any new mechanics or any fun puzzles. It instead copies and pastes the same format as the first few stages and in the end, you’ll be happy to reach the finish line.
Then with regards to presentation, the game does look good for the era it was released. The animations are great, the artwork is true to the series and the aforementioned grand sense of scale is much appreciated. We will admit that the camera is poor and you’ll find yourself wrestling for a good view of the action throughout. Aside from that though, the developers can be pleased with their efforts to present the charm of the show well.
Overall, Ben 10: Protector of the Earth does a stunning job of capturing the action-packed story and art style of the show that inspired the game. The combat has its merits and the boss battles are the main highlights. However, the game is flawed through its lack of innovation throughout. Plus, there are some niggling problems with the camera for example. Though, as a whole, I think the team behind this game can hold their heads high. This IP demands a lot of a video game counterpart and for this game to even deliver a fraction of that will please fans of the series. We just wish it was able to offer a non-stop action-packed extravaganza right to the finish.
- The boss battles and general combat are initially very strong
- Visuals are great for the time of release
- Monster forms are handled very well
- Wrestling with the camera can be a pain
- Game runs out of ideas pretty quick
- We can’t help but selfishly wish there were all ten forms included
Download Ben 10: Protector Of Earth
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP