Friday 11th November, 2011
NCIS: Based On The TV Series Review
Join Ducky, Gibbs, Abby and the gang as they solve cases of murder, espionage and terrorism in and around Atlantic City
Your child may find parts of this game frustrating, awkward, or otherwise too difficult.
OK with caution
. Certain elements of this game may be too challenging for a child of this age, but they may be able to muddle through. A lot depends on the child.
. A child of this age should have no trouble getting to grips with the game.
Games in this category may feature more realistic looking violence. Small amounts of blood upon an enemy getting shot, (both proper red blood, or blue/green alien goo), or realistic physical impacts would earn a game this rating, although any gore will be minor. No decapitations, no dismemberments, and no ultra violence.
Bad Language: Mild
Games in this category may feature words like sh*t, b**tard, and b***cks, but only infrequently. They may also feature words like tit and c*ck, as insults. At worst, on a par with a particularly mouthy episode of Coronation Street.
Sexual Content: None
Games in this category will be completely free of overtly sexualised characters or imagery.
Reading Required: Required
Games in this category may be text heavy, or will otherwise require your child to be comprehensive. Sample sentences are given where possible.
NCIS: Based On The TV Series is a point-and-click game where you join the cast of the TV show to solve four crimes, covering murder, espionage and terrorism. You'll need to investigate crime scenes, search for evidence and interview suspects, before heading back to the office to do some forensic analysis, conduct a couple of autopsies and hack into some computers. If you're a fan of the TV show or even if you just like solving a good mystery then NCIS is the game for you.
While it's relatively slow paced and simple to play, NCIS also isn't the sort of game that younger children would necessarily enjoy. There's a lot of required reading here, and the interviews revolve around subtle reasoning and observation, so it would likely be beyond many younger children but compared to some of the other point-and-click games and their 'unusual' solutions for problems, NCIS' puzzles are pretty logical. Mostly, you'll just be locating bullets, matching up finger prints and completing some simple memory-based mini-games to hack into computers, so it may be a decent game to introduce children who already watch the TV show to games. The only part that may really pose a problem are the sections where you need to match up related evidence and answer some questions about your conclusions although if you do spend a while on these screens, the sets of evidence start shaking as a not-so-subtle hint.
The controls are pretty simple to get your head round too on the Wii, everything is done by pointing the Wii Remote at the screen and pressing the A button on things you want to interact with, so if they can handle similar games like Sam and Max, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident or even Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros' Treasure, they'll be more than fine with NCIS.
While there is some violence and gore in NCIS: Based on the TV Series, it's not quite as bad as you may expect from the PEGI rating. Yes, there's blood from the victims around the crime scenes and you get animations showing what must have happened, but it's hardly watching people be decapitated or slitting throats with blood spurting everywhere instead, most of the violence is implied rather than explicit. Even the autopsies are pretty pedestrian, with you just rotating feature-less bodies to find red wounds. All things considered,, it's probably less gory than the TV show.
NCIS: Based On The TV Series is a single player game and has no multiplayer modes at all.