According to ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence
Parents don't have anything to fear. The main character is a spaceship, and the only violence is watching giant water bugs and space beetles blow up. No blood, no gore, no questionable language, and no sexual content whatsoever. This game is about as clean as they come.
Shmup fans will definitely want to buy this game. Not only is it the only shooter on the DS, it's one of the only shooters on shelves these days, period. Despite the poor choice in implementing the weapon switching system, it's a very respectable game.
Personally, I think it's a better value at $20 instead of $30, but your mileage may vary.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers have absolutely no barriers whatsoever. There is no dialogue in the game, and there are no auditory cues. All vital information is displayed on screen, and I didn't run into any difficulty with the sound completely turned off. Buy it with confidence.
Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.
Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.
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