So I was given the Playstation PS Vita and asked to review it along with a few games for my 4-year old daughter. I am always a bit careful with these things… I have a bit of a game addiction problem. I once bunked college and played GTA IV for about seven days straight… I hardly slept and when I did sleep I dreamt I was in the game… And then I discovered Boulder’s Gate, and then the struggle got real… so yeah… I thought I would get hubby and Mikayla’s input on this seeing as I cannot be trusted to ever put it down!
So, let’s start with the games…
This game features the acclaimed original LittleBigPlanet PS Vita game as well as a load of additional Marvel content. Included for Marvel fans are three exciting mini-games, starring some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, as well as a wardrobe filled with new costumes you can use when dressing your Sackboy or Sackgirl.
In LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita, join Sackboy on a completely new adventure, filled with exploration and competition. The travelling planet of Carnivalia is a jam-packed playground where an Evil Puppeteer has brought doom and gloom. Can you unravel the mystery and restore this troubled planet to it’s former glory? Customize Sackboy and the world around you with unique touch and camera Create tools that let you Play with more freedom that ever before. Then discover an endless amount of free games, created and Shared by fans online. LittleBigPlanet for PS Vita is a miniature development kit in the palm of your hand that will allow players to Create a multitude of different experiences—the possibilities are truly endless!
The Marvel mini-games in LittleBigPlanet PS Vita – Marvel Super Hero Edition feature some of the most popular Marvel heroes, Avengers: Ultimate Escape, S.H.I.E.L.D Interceptor and Hero Rush. There are loads of stages to complete and tons of ability to replay, perfect for bite-sized entertainment on your PS Vita. In addition, you get 18 Marvel character costumes plus loads of stickers, decorations, effects and objects to craft your own super hero adventures.
Cole: I had a very hard time putting this game down. The game play is immersive and I love the way you can dress Sack Boy up as Iron Man! The touch screen (front and back) use in this game really helps it stay fun and entertaining. Pulling and pushing blocks and switches to get you through the levels is a blast! Go buy it, don’t look back! Love, love, love! It’s the kind of game you start playing and then 5 hours later your food is cold. 8/10
Mikayla: I love it! I want to play it now Dad, I need to collect all the glass balls! Can I play it? Can I play it?
Cole: I loved The Muppets as a child, this game unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a side-scrolling running-jumping game. When I started playing, I thought: “This is could be cool…” and then 5 minutes later I lost interest and started playing a game on my phone. The controls and game play also take a bit of getting used to and are a bit advanced for kids. I’d give it a 3/10.
Maz: I hate the Muppets. Sorry.
Mikayla: It made me a little bit tired and I wanted to play the other game. Boring. (Little Big Planet)
Cole: The only cool part was seeing a 3D animal walking around the kitchen counter. The fighting controls are limited and delayed. Fun to look at but terrible to play, definitely too frustrating to even get past the second stage. 2/10
Maz: This InviZimals on PS Vita uses all the features of the handheld console, but they are quite difficult to understand for children… and beyond capturing creatures with those mini-games, the battle system is still pretty uninteresting.
Mikayla: It’s a little bit hard and I don’t want to play with it.
And last, but not least… The Playstation PS Vita Game Console…
The PS Vita is quite comfortable to hold and the buttons feel really good to push. The rear touch screen is really cool. Being able to push things toward you from behind the screen adds a whole new range of motions to the gaming world. I look forward to playing games which take full advantage of this feature! The battery life (as always) could be better although you get about 3 to 5 hours of game play time. You can also watch movies, surf the web, listen to music or download apps. The PS Vita is a lot of fun for the whole family!