What is Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay?
Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay is a film tie-in game for the animated Disney super hero adventure, Big Hero 6. Following on from the events of the film, Battle in the Bay follows the team of five super hero teens and loveable-healthcare-robot-turned-karate-expert Baymax, as they fight back against a super-sized bot-fighter invasion that's been sweeping their home town of San Fransokyo.
How do you play Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay?
Essentially a side-scrolling platformer, most of your time is spent leaping from platform to moving platform or pacing the city streets, searching for the game's hidden collectables and beating up the hostile robots. Combat is a simple, button-mashing affair, using a mixture of basic punches and kicks with some more superhero-like powers - Wasabi's energy swords, Gogo's throwing discs or Fred's fire-breathing alien suit thingy - thrown in for good measure. Fred is particularly fun to play as for his Super Jump, which sees him leap way into the air, and if you press the attack button while he's up there, he'll do a super belly-flop, sending nearby robots flying. Neither Honey Lemon or Baymax are playable characters however, which may be worth bearing in mind if they're your kid's favourites.
How easy is Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay?
In terms of accessibility, while Big Hero 6 does have some reading in, it's in no way essential to playing the game. Before each level, there are some short, unvoiced conversations between the characters, although seeing as they don't talk about anything all that important, younger kids can easily skip over them and still enjoy the game. The game itself is also pretty straightforward to play too, with infinite lives and easy enemies, so should be playable by fairly young kids, whether they can read or not.
Based on the Disney film of the same name, Big Hero 6 involves beating up a load of rogue robots with energy swords, throwing disks or by breathing fire at them. No blood or gore is ever shown, and enemies simply fall over and disappear when defeated. There's no bad language, sex references or anything else untoward either.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS