If you have a small boy aged between about 4 and 7, you’re likely to be very familiar with Ben 10. Just quickly, for the uninitiated, Ben 10 is Ben Tennyson, ‘an ordinary boy’ who finds a weird alien watch, which turns out to be Omnitrix (or the Ultramatrix as it becomes in later series). This alien device turns Ben into a number of aliens, including one that blasts fire, one who looks like a weird wild space dog, and various others.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a gift for a boy of this age (and some girls) generally you can’t go too far wrong with Ben 10.
So it was with great excitement that we found ourselves trying out the game on the Wii at home, with my five year old, who luuurves Ben 10.
Mario Kart is a favourite in our house – primarily I think because it’s a game we can all play, it’s pretty simple to understand, and doesn’t require too much in the way of brain power.
We suspected that Ben 10 Galactic Racing would be the same. And in some ways it is. You get to choose your character (Ben can transform into different aliens mid-race), your vehicle, and you choose which track of 25, set across five different planets, you’re going to race on.
The graphics are a bit of a letdown – at least on the Wii version. I couldn’t believe just how pixlelated they are. However, surprisingly this didn’t seem to bother Arron too much, and he quite happily drove around the tracks.
There are a variety of power-ups available and these take a while to get to grips with – and the controls are different from those used for Mario Kart, which takes some getting use to as well. It’s actually quite a challenging game, considering what age its target market is.
Surprisingly, Arron has not asked to play the game again since we tried it out for this review – yet when we first had Mario Kart he was like a thing possessed. So while kudos goes to the developers for actually putting quite a lot of thought into what is essentially a kids’ game, maybe they have just missed the mark. Having said that, the extra difficulty may make it a good game for an older child who still enjoys Ben 10.