Gang Beasts

LQ: 8.6


Brain grade: 7.7
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Gang Beasts is a beat ’em up free for all where players control a gelatinous bug eyed character and attempt to be the last character standing in a series of challenges. The characters punch and kick their opponents, often sending them to their doom in horrific yet hilarious ways, such as off the side of a moving train, into a vat of pink quicksand-like ooze, or into the grasp of a terrifyingly huge octopus. Players need to make sure that they are both on the offensive and defensive, as other players will be coming after you to try and eliminate you constantly. 

Players can customize their character by adding a variety of colors, suits, and accessories to make them as unique as possible when looking at them in the midst of several characters on screen. 

The game features local multiplayer for up to four players and online mode for up to eight players. The player can also take part in cooperative modes as well as ones that are purely competitive.

Gang Beasts helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. 

The premise of Gang Beasts is very simply but this does not mean that it does not require the player to use their focusing skills. The player must constantly be aware of where the other players are, who is coming after them, and who is open to a brutal attack. The goal is to be the last player standing, so if the player struggles with focusing, they may find that they are caught unaware and eliminated early on in the round. Players who struggle with focus might want to start by playing within the co-op mode so that they can practice with another person before trying to set out on their own. 

Self-Control: Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors. 

Because this is a beat 'em up game, there is the potential for the player to be eliminated over and over and over again. Sometimes this is after the player is so close to winning, which can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes multiple players will gang up on you to make sure you don’t make it through the round. The player needs to use their self-control skills and not let their frustration keep them from enjoying playing the game. Players who struggle with self-control or get easily frustrated should limit the amount of time that they play this game each day, taking breaks to move around in the real world, do some other relaxing activities, or talk through their frustrations with a trusted friend or family member before coming back to play more. 

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