GAME NAME: Ava and Avior Save the Earth
DEVELOPER(S): 2020 Venture
PUBLISHER(S): 2020 Venture
PLATFORM(S): Wii u
RELEASE DATE(S): April 24, 2014
Ava and Avior save the earth is a game that isn’t really entertainment but more educational. Basically the player will be putting trash in a trash can, recyclables in a recycling can, hazardous materials in the hazard can, clothing and other personal items in the donate can and lastly organic material into the compost can. It is a game that is basically teaching kids how to save the planet by putting materials into the correct cans and help make a difference in the world.
Each level will begin with one of the character’s telling you about what kind of item goes into the certain can. As the level starts, there will be one or two bins and some items will fall out of the top of the screen. The player will take the stylus or the wii remote and pick the items up and put them into the correct bin. After clearing the first wave of items, sometimes another receptacle will appear to add to the challenge. After completing the level, depending on your score, the player can earn up to three stars depending on how fast and how accurately each item gets put into the receptacles. After the score is tallied up and stars have appeared, there is a bonus level for each level. The bonus levels earn you coins by either touching the falling coins, popping floating balloons, or destroying the asteroids coming at you. Also, pets can be unlocked by beating the levels.
The sound and music are nothing fancy, just average stuff. The sound and music also does not play through the game pad and no sound effects come through the wii remote. The characters sound like kids doing the voice overs which is nothing great. The graphics are pretty good for the most part. The background of each level is pretty cool and feels like you are cleaning up the earth one land area at a time. The game play is a little weird but also a pain. The receptacle cans will open and close as the timer runs and you have to move the items into the cans when the lid is open. The items sometimes bounce around and go into the wrong cans on its own and the kids constantly tell you that is the wrong can for that item. Sometimes the items can also go in through the side of the cans or they can get stuck on the side and the can will move into that item and will count against you as if you are doing it.
I did not enjoy playing this game because of the glitches. It got frustrating trying to use the stylus on the game pad because you can touch the item and if it is bouncing around sometimes it will just keep going and not stop on your stylus connection. The wii remote is even worse because the timing is off with the controller to the items. As you play on the game pad, you can’t even look at the television and play so there is no need for television unless you do use the wii remote. Also, the act of collecting the coins and popping the balloons and asteroids was the best part but the coins earned does absolutely nothing so that is pointless as well. If you are a parent or teacher, this is a great way to teach your children a way to save the planet. If you are looking for a challenging game or a fun game then just keeping looking past this game.