Ben 10: Protector of the Earth review

  • Unique beings and abilities
  • Awesome boss battles
  • Does cartoon justice
  • Mashing buttons repeatedly
  • Immovable camera
  • Not too much variety

Oct 30, 2007

Following in the cel-shaded footsteps of Dragon Ball Z and Naruto comes another cartoon-turned-game, Ben 10. And like those, this is an all out beat 'em-up featuring cartoon children. Playing as Ben Tennyson, you own an alien device called an Omnitrix - a watch-like object that when activated can transform Ben into all manner of interesting beings, each with their own unique abilities.
Among his repertoire of alter-egos is a four-armed beast that's strong as a box of bears. There's a flame man who can extinguish fire by absorbing the heat, and a speedy reptile thing that can zip around quickly. You'll be flicking through these forms to overcome various puzzles, while repeatedly knocking the bolts out of waves of robots.

Mashing buttons is basically all Ben 10 has to offer. The platforming bits are dodgy - the immovable camera sees you mis-time jumps - but it does look lovely, and the QTE, God of War-style boss battles are a nice touch. Still, there's not enough variety to grasp your attention. Here's a more fitting name - Ben 7.

More Info

Release date: Oct 30 2007 - PSP, Wii (US)
Available Platforms: PSP, Wii, PS2, DS
Genre: Action
Published by: D3Publisher of America
Developed by: High Voltage
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Mild Language


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