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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Review
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Posted: 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill and allowing you to come back from the brink of defeat and claim victory.

There are 20 characters available to play as, ranging from Spongebob to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender to Reptar from Rugrats.

During rounds, you deal damage to other players using a whole host of attacks in an attempt to knock your opponents off the stage. Some attacks are simple, while others are far more complex to pull off, but with far greater damage should you land a hit. In addition, you can also dash in the air for a boost of speed, dodge attacks, and "strafe", where you move backwards while facing forward, allowing you to continue to launch attacks on an opponent while retreating from them.

It's a game that combines Nickelodeon characters old and new. It also introduces several unique and interesting gameplay mechanics that can be used to turn the tide of the game and make it a far more balanced and enjoyable experience.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Fair Play Labs (@FairPlayLabs)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on your skill relative to other players, as well as the character you choose, the time for each match will vary.

Typically a match will last anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. the game features a single-player arcade mode, as well as up to 4v4 players both off-and-online, and you can play with a mix of other people and computer-controlled characters.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence. This game features combat between human-like and/or fantasy characters. The violence is unrealistic in nature, as are reactions to it. Characters flash when hit, accompanied by star effects. There is no visible harm, nor is there any blood.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You'll need to be able to quickly block, counter and evade attacks, and fast reactions, rapid-pressing and multiple buttons, sometimes held, is often essential. You can practice against computer-controlled opponents.

While the text is high contrast, there are many areas where it is quite small, making it difficult to read or unclear.

While it is played on a 2D plane, making it relatively straightforward to navigate, and each player is highlighted, it can be easy to lose track of opponents and your l9ocation in games due to their being very fast-paced, brightly coloured and flashy.

As all the information is conveyed visually/textually, no sound is needed.
 
Our Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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