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Cosmic Family

by Mike Thomsen - August 30, 2007, 9:09 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

Ubisoft delivers the Wii’s first outer-space toddler training simulator.

What four year-old hasn’t wanted to live on a space ship and mess around with a motley collection of animals? This fall, Ubisoft hopes to make every kindergartener’s dreams come true in vivid fashion with Cosmic Family, a game that seeks to bridge the gap between primary education and the irresistible call of video game hi-jinks. The game will take advantage of the Wii Remote’s IR functionality to offer an exploratory point-and-click style adventure for curious children that will provide simple lessons in counting, colors, shapes, the alphabet, and basic object interactivity.

Cosmic Family tells the story of Mom and Dad Cosmic and their precocious and inquisitive three children who all happen to live together on a space ship. The entire game takes place inside the five floors of the space ship in which the children will be able to poke and prod anything and everything on a simple journey of discovery. The space ship will also feature a large collection of exotic and imaginative animals for the player’s inspecting pleasure. The game can be played in Adventure Mode, a treasure hunt of sorts, in which kids are given simple tasks to complete around the spaceship, and rewarded accordingly. Players will also be able to play in Direct Access mode, where they can freely roam around the spaceship engaging in any activity or task that strikes their fancy.

The game will be powered by more than 300 interactive animations and sounds that will teach youngsters a basic cause and effect triggered by poking (or pointing, as it were) at various environmental objects. The game will also feature over twenty mini-games for players to amuse themselves, all while continuing to sharpen their observation, memory, reflex, and logic skills in the colorfully cartoonish environment. Players will be tasked with a diverse group of chores including piloting the space ship, watering plants, brushing some animal’s teeth, and helping some other character get dressed. Additionally, the game will feature three difficulty settings to accommodate the various capacities of both very young children and their older, more coordinated siblings.

It remains to be seen how successfully Ubisoft can pull their ambitiously simple title together, but gamers with families or younger siblings will want to keep their eyes open for Cosmic Family this Fall. We’ve seen games approach art, blockbuster entertainment, sports, and clever puzzles, but can the medium also credibly bring edu-tainment to the mass market audience?

Answers should be just around the corner as Cosmic Family is scheduled to ship September 18, 2007.

Talkback

KDR_11kAugust 31, 2007

Saw it in stores yesterday and was wondering what it was...

recommended for Kairon?

KDR_11kSeptember 04, 2007

Hm, Gamestop has it in the spot for the third best selling Wii game. No idea if it actually sold that well though..

Infernal MonkeySeptember 04, 2007

It's officially the cheapest Wii game released here yet at $50, I guess I'll expect to see it outselling Bioshock next week.

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Cosmic Family Box Art

Genre Party/Parlor
Developer Ubisoft
Players1
Controllers

Worldwide Releases

na: Cosmic Family
Release Sep 18, 2007
PublisherUbisoft
RatingEveryone
eu: Cosmic Family
Release Aug 30, 2007
PublisherUbisoft
Rating3+
aus: Cosmic Family
Release TBA
PublisherUbisoft

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