Some games are clearly designed for a specific audience. While it is undoubtedly difficult for game developers to create games that receive critical praise and massive sales, it is worth losing a thought for people who focus on titles that are aimed directly at children. Bionicle Heroes is one such title and as such a game that is probably perfect for fans of Bionicle toys and movies, but of little interest to others.

Bionicle is actually a Lego spin-off, and in the game you take control of six Bionicle heroes to save the island of Voya Nui from the villain Piraka. Your character can switch from one hero to another by changing the mask, and each one brings unique power and weapon. Piraka are remarkably similar to each other, and to my untrained eye the only real difference between the many of them is their color.

The game itself is a third-person sniper of the simplest variant. Yes, it’s a game for kids, but it has to be one of the easiest games I’ve played in years. Every mask you own acts like a life, so even if you manage to die, it’s not such a big deal, since you can continue like any other hero. Once some of the six zones are completed, you’ve earned enough lego blocks to maximize the health, weapon power, and skill attributes of most heroes, and at that point you can pretty much progress through each level and press the “fire” button until you reach a boss.

The only things that prevent them are obstacles. These are usually bridges that need to be built, or gates that need to be repaired. One of the masks gives you the opportunity to move objects (similar to how you use Jedi powers in Lego Star Wars), and by standing near the object in question and activating your special ability to move, you can repair or build it and continue on your way. At other times, the abilities of your other heroes will have to be used, for example, climbing walls and jumping long distances. Everything is clearly stated in the game, so it’s never exhausting, but you feel like more than a guy with a gun.

Every item or enemy you finish will unlock Lego blocks that will serve as currency and fill your hero counter. Scrap gold is on the floor several times in each level, and the only way to move them is to fill the meter and switch to hero mode. This is the recipe for the whole game, because you will have to deal with creepy enemies piece by piece, which will have to be completed repeatedly to fill your ad. Bosses use similar mechanics, the creature from which debris deals damage (usually three times) before you have to knock it out with your own weapons. In extreme matters, it is annoying.

A lot of effort has been put into making the game fun and easy for all ages, but that makes the control system quite cumbersome for anyone who has more than one basic level with an analog dual controller. The left stick handles all movements as if the game were a 3D platformer, while the right stick is aimed at handles. The problem is that there is no penalty unless you hold down another button, and even then the target is locked, which makes it pretty useless. There is a fairly useful automatic aiming system, which eliminates the need for aiming anyway, but the inability to play the game like most other third-person shooters makes adapting to the controls a real chore.

Bionicle Heroes is a cross-platform title and appears in graphics. They are simple even on the Xbox 360, with a too blurry blur effect, depth of field and intense lighting are the only significant differences. Again, fans will undoubtedly appreciate the characters modeled in the game, and boring environments are unlikely to be a big deal. The less you talk about audio, the better, and fortunately there is very little to say. The characters are all silent, and the music will soon repeat itself.

As in Lego Star Wars, there is a store that sells a lot of extras, and you can play on a playground, but whether you like it or not is another matter. The Xbox 360 version also includes generously distributed achievement points, which for the most part you earn just by playing the game.

Bionicle Heroes does little to make a name for itself, with repetitive, overly simplistic gameplay and rather uninspired graphics. If Bionicle does not mean anything to you, there is simply no reason to choose Bionicle Heroes, but if you are very interested in the franchise and can live with the beginner control system, the gameplay of the action game will be much more fun.

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