Ben 10 Alien Force
Based on the popular animated TV series "Ben 10" by the Cartoon Network,
Ben 10 once again returns to the console world that follows Ben Tennyson
and his cousin Gwen as they attempt to recover pieces of alien
technology that have been hidden across the planet in order to
locate their missing grandfather called Max.
Fortunately for Ben and Gwen, they are joined with their friend Kevin
who will assist them in this mystery. To compound the situation for our
young heroes, a nefarious plumber called Gorvan may be the key to this
mystery in this classic arcade fighter than will have younger gamers
clamoring for more.
At its core, Ben 10: Alien Force is your traditional arcade game with a
healthy dose of combat with your main character being that of Ben
Tennyson who has the ability to transform into five different aliens
thanks to the Omnitrix. Although you spend much of the time duking out
with the HighBreed, there is also a healthy dose of puzzles that must be
solved in order to progress through the game.
Even though you can interact with the gaming environment with just Ben
alone, where the title does shine is by using the various alien forms (Swampfire,
Bill Chill, Spidermonkey, Jet Ray and Humungousaur), each with their own
unique powers and of course weaknesses.
The various creatures that you control are quite fun at times and really
assists with the overall gameplay of the title which is oozing with Ben
10 references. The only trick aspect of this is that each of the aliens
have different combos which means for some younger gamers, this may be a
tad difficult to master, however older gamers should have no
difficulties. You can also play the game with another player, for those
who like multiplayer outings.
Graphically the title at times looks like a Ben 10 cartoon, however the
title does suffer from polygon clipping, especially in battles. The
characters are well animated as are the detailed gaming environment
which does pay homage to the cartoon series. The music score is quite
ambient at times and does change with the gameplay and thankfully the
sound effects are quite powerful and assist in the overall enjoyment of
In conclusion, Ben 10:
Alien Force may suffer from a few bugs here and there, however
these are far and few. Please keep in mind that this game is
aimed at the younger market so older gamers may want to look elsewhere,
however for others, this may be the perfect escape.