Jumanji: The Video Game - PS5 Parent's Guide Review

We're venturing into new territory here on Lights! Camera! Mom! with our first VIDEO GAME review.  My boys (and when I say my boys I mean the two little ones as well as my husband!) recently got a PlayStation 5 and we have been living the video game life in our household.  Along with the PS5, the each got a "first" game.  My husband picked out Jumanji: The Video Game as one of the first games for the PS5 for our boys.  With a rating of T for teen, my mom senses immediately started to tingle.  Not knowing much about gaming, I started to wonder if this was going to appropriate for my 6 and 9 year old.   

Jumanji: The Video Game - PS5 Parent's Guide Review

Jumanji: The Video Game is manufactured by Outright Games and based on the popular movie franchise starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  Fans of the movies will immediately recognize their favorite characters - Bravestone, Oberon, Mouse, and Ruby.  In the game, the team of 4 works together through different levels of the quests to save Jumanji.  The video game doesn't follow the movie exactly, but sticks with the general idea of the team working together to save Jumanji.

Why the T for teen rating on Jumanji: The Video Game?  Well, the movies themselves carry a PG-13 rating mostly for language and violence.  There is no language to be concerned about in the video game, but there is some video game violence.  We're not talking blood, guts, and gore, but each character has the ability to engage in hand-to-hand combat as well as a shooting weapon.  When they are injured or injure others, people / creatures just disappear and then eventually re-spawn.  It's nothing major, but if you don't want your kids engaged in any type of fighting then you'll want to avoid this game.

The game is simple to figure out (even this non-gaming mom got the hang of it quickly!) and there are some variations that can change your experience after you've defeated the game one way.  Even though they've "won" the game several times already, my boys continue to come back to it, trying new features, tougher difficulty levels, and having fun changing up their characters.  

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