on June 21, 2012
I got this for my girls, although only 4 and 5, they still really like playing the game and I help them on the jumps or other areas they have problems with. I even enjoyed playing it as well although my one disappointment was you never get to see or ride on Angus.
Also no where in the manual does it tell you how to activate the co op wisp. I thought I tried everything possible, I even googled it and couldnt get an answer till I called them. You just press the - button while the other player is playing Merida and the wisp pops up.
The mini games are fun to with the Elinor momma bear (you just move her around in a small area killing things that pop up) and the three little brother bears (solving small short puzzles to open doors).
Overall very fun and enjoyable game.
on July 8, 2012
Brave is a great action adventure that can be played single player or with someone else. One need not have watched the movie before the game, though I am sure it would be a bit more helpful to the storyline. For those curious, there are four difficulty levels, the hardest being "Brave".
You play as Merida, who can wield a sword and shoot with a bow and arrow. Basically, with these weapons, you eradicate evil, which comes in four elements. After the tutorial, where you learn to use these weapons and to jump, you are presented with portals to 8 worlds that you need to clean up. Before you go into each portal, it will tell you what items are hidden in chests that you need to collect. You collect upgraded weapons, tapestry pieces, and even new outfits.
There are also upgrades you can buy with coins at a merchant, which is pretty much a rock. The rocks are available in each stage after you defeat a boss-like creature, and there are usually more than one in each stage. Coins are collected by breaking barrels, jars, tree trunks, flowers and weird looking machines - pretty much everything that is within the path is breakable.
By the time you go through two of the stages, you will have collected all four elements. These are the elements you shoot your arrows with. Each type of enemy will have a symbol on top of its head, which indicates which element it is weak to. You need to switch to the element that is indicated to defeat your enemies faster. There are also areas within the stage that you must shoot with the specified element to create standing space. The difficulty of the fights and stages ramp up as the game progresses.
Sometimes it will switch P1 to fight as Momma Bear. It isn't frequent - perhaps twice in the first 5 stages, but fighting as the bear is easier than fighting as Merida. There are also puzzles where the player plays as the three little brother bears. The player can alternate between the bears to help each other reach a switch that completes the puzzle.
It is a great co-op game. P2 plays as a wisp, though unfortunately, the wisp is hard to see sometimes. It's blue, and slightly transparent, and difficult to keep track of when the camera takes a far away angle. The camera also follows P1, so if P2 is too far away from P1, the wisp is off the screen. When far enough, the game will warp you to P1. However, during the Momma Bear fights, this does not happen, so P2 may be playing off screen. (Fortunately, the actions P2 takes when off the screen still register, so P2 can kill enemies even if they are not seen. The enemies also seem to focus their attacks on P1, so having a P2 is a great help.) However, the selected element for the wisp resets every time it reappears - the wisp cannot ride the zip line, and it disappears and reappears every time the scene changes, which means you have to keep an eye on the bottom of your screen.
The cons are mostly graphical. Graphically, the Wii version wins no awards. Merida does not look at all like herself from the movie, or even the game cover. The world design is beautiful however, which makes me wish I played this on an HD console. There are also times when there is a huge banner that gives you instructions that pops up on the bottom of the screen. This reduces your screen view and makes it difficult to see where you are. Another con is that the game aims your arrows for you if you use the direction buttons. (You can also use the B button to shoot). This may or may not be a con for some people.
Overall, it is a great game to play and have a relaxed time. It's definitely family friendly. Unfortunately, I don't see how it has any replayability, especially if you gather all the items during your first play, which is very easy to do.
on January 3, 2015
My 5 year old daughter is a Brave fanatic so I thought this game would be great for her. It turned out to be just a little bit on the difficult side for her, though. We couldn't figure out how to play in 2 player mode at first because there isn't an option for it in any of the menus and it isn't mentioned in the booklet. My daughter started playing by herself but was unable to navigate some of the obstacles and kept asking for my help. Ultimately, she just wanted to watch me play the game. I like the game but playing a game while my girl watches wasn't exactly what I'd intended to happen!
I googled 2 player mode and we finally got it working. FYI, the second player needs to press the + button on the controller to start playing. The second player is a wisp and there isn't an option to switch characters. The second player can fight the monsters and pick up coins, etc., but follows player one (who is Merida) and can't get stuck in any of the more difficult parts. Playing is this mode is great for my daughter, but I wish it had been easier to figure out how to do it before she lost interest in the game.
The graphics are pretty, although Merida's hair is crazy! It is a good complement to the movie, even though the story in the game sort of contradicts what, as my daughter says, "really happened".
on July 10, 2013
My daughter wanted this so bad. So I bought it for her. I didn't realize that she doesn't really like "adventure" type games so it's just been sitting around, collecting dust. Expensive mistake. She had the same problem with Epic Mickey 2, unfortunately. The game itself seems interesting. If she wanted to play with another person, it's again like EM2, where it's co-op, and one of the will-o-wisps can be taken over into the game.
Just giving my 2 cents based on my daughter's experience with these games. She's 7 1/2 so maybe she'll grow into them, because as it stands, she doesn't really know what to do with the characters yet. Mario type games are more what she's into, and they're pretty straightforward.