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Elebits (2006) (also known as Eledees) is a light-gun shooting adventure. To play you point at the screen with the Wii Remote and use your gun to move objects around and solve puzzles as well as shooting things. It's an unusual combination of hide-and-seek and shooting what works really well with family groups.

You move through the different areas of the game, from inside the house to out in the street. As you go you capture the the Elebits by shooting them and extracting their energy. This then enables you to access more of the area with your extended power to use lights, appliances and so on.

You also manipulate objects as part of the hunt. This involves lifting up furniture, looking underneath objects and then catching the Elebits as they flee. The Wii Remote is an integral part of this action and is used not only to aim like a light-gun but also turning, pulling, and shaking things in the world: twisting a doorknob, pulling out drawers, turning on a tap or even smashing vases against a wall.

As you progress you discover that you also need to manage the mood of the Elebits, indicated by graphics above their heads. Ensuring they are happy results in more watts when they are collected. This means you need to take care to not be too disruptive with your searching, as well as using cookies to tactically make the Elebits happy before collecting them.

The results is an approachable puzzle game with similarity to Pikmin. Here though, it is more about the novel interactions and poking around the levels than deep strategy. There's a version of the game on the Nintendo DS, Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero that offered a similar challenge but focused on the touch screen.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Elebits 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Shooting game with Action, Brain Game, Physically Active, Sequencing, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. When playing co-operatively, the main player controls where the group move, although everyone has their own fun. You can compete for points if you want, although it's mainly a cooperative challenge.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

In the US, ESRB state: Mild combat involving special powers, lasers, and stun attacks is required to capture and collect the Elebits.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need a steady hand and some practice to perfect the pointing and manipulation actions. the tone of the game and the co-operative modes makes it work well for youngsters.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/05/2006

Out Now: DS and Wii

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Collecting, Shooting (Action, Brain Game, Physically Active, Sequencing, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Konami (@Konami)


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