Citizens of Earth is an old school styled role playing game that takes inspiration from the classic SNES title Earthbound. The game features a colourful and quirky art style that matches the game's heavy reliance on light political and satirical humour. This is a funny game, with pop culture references and jokes that both children and adults alike will enjoy.
The game sees the player in the role of the Vice President of the World (otherwise known as the VP), on an adventure to save the world from evil. To do this the VP will have to enlist the help of the citizens of this extremely weird world to fight his battles for him. There are 40 characters to recruit into the player's team and each will have to be found in the over-world. However, each also requires the player to complete a personal mission before they join the team.
Each of these citizens have different special abilities that players can use in the game's turn-based battles. For example: having the VP's Mother on the team allows the player to lower their enemy's defences and heal team mates, whereas having the school mascot on the side means players can raise the amount of experience gained from battles and attack multiple enemies at once. These different abilities mean you can experiment with putting together different combinations of citizens in your party, to find the one that best suits your play style.
In terms of accessibility, there are a myriad of options for making the game easier or harder, but unfortunately, most of these are inaccessible unless the player finds the corresponding 'citizen' in the over-world (i.e., you'll find a citizen that makes battles easier, rather than have a menu option for it). Fortunately, while there are no traditional difficulty settings, the game isn't too difficult. Early battles can be won relatively easily unless the player wanders into an area where enemies may be too powerful. Fortunately, there's no penalty for losing, and no game over screen, as the game instead just restarts the player at the beginning of the area where they failed. Parents should also keep in mind that as this is a traditional role playing game there is a lot of reading involved, which may be difficult for some younger players.
The game has no bad language to speak of, no sex, and no gore, with any and all violence being comical in nature.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS