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Ben 10 (HyperScan)

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Ben 10 (HyperScan)
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And you thought Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex was bad?
Genre(s): Platform
Platform(s): HyperScan
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Semi-Logic Entertainment
Publisher(s): Mattel
Country: United States
Series: Ben 10
Successor: Ben 10: Protector of Earth

Ben 10 is a game based off the Cartoon Network show of the same name. The game was developed by Semi-Logic Entertainment and released for the HyperScan in 2006.

Plot

The plot follows the first season of the show

Why It Doesn't Go Hero

  1. Like all the other games on the HyperScan, it has horrible loading times, in fact, the loading times in this game are the worst. You could watch an entire episode of Ben 10 and the game would still be loading.
  2. The game screwed up one of the most simplest concepts ever. In the show, Ben can transform into multiple aliens, and all you would need to do is tap an alien card onto the center, well you would do that, but the game also has other types of cards, such as attack mods, defense mods, speed mods and other types of cards to make the game even more confusing.
  3. Just like the other games on the HyperScan, it also has extremely poor graphics that would look fine on something like a Game Boy Advance, but on a console, they are unacceptable. Keep in mind that the game came out in 2006, the same year the PS3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii were released.
  4. Very poor controls. You will always feel loose every time you move in this game.
  5. There is a decent amount of lag every time you do a move. The lag leads to tons of very cheap deaths and unfair difficulty spikes.
  6. Unlike in the show, XLR8 isn't even fast. Thankfully in Ben 10: Protector of Earth, Ben 10 Omniverse, Ben 10 (2017) and Ben 10: Power Trip, he is much faster.
  7. Sometimes, selecting a card will either give you the wrong alien (Ben turning into the wrong alien does happen in the show) or causing the game to make a loud alert sound.
  8. Bland and mediocre soundtrack.
  9. Some of the sound effects are very annoying, most notably the level clear sound, which is clearly a stock sound effect.
  10. The game is also very short, as there are only 10 levels.
  11. Terrible hit detection, most notably Four Arms, who is terrible against smaller enemies, but against larger enemies, he is alright.
  12. The game also has a 300 second timer, which makes you try to speed through the level. This, combined with the poor controls and the lag, makes this game a challenge, and not in a good way.
  13. Very poor boss fights. All you do is just punch them a thousand times until they are defeated.
  14. Very little replay value. Once you complete all 10 levels, you are done the game. There is nothing else to do besides multiplayer, speaking of that.
  15. Multiplayer just feels very tacked on at the last second.
  16. Some of the levels require you to have a certain alien to finish it. If you don't have that alien card, you can't finish the level.
  17. In Level 1, there is a text box placed right by a pit. Due to the lag, by the time the text box unfreezes, you will often fall down that pit a lot.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. At least all 10 aliens (at the time, Ben didn't unlock Cannonbolt yet) are playable in this game, and Ripjaws is never playable in any other Ben 10 game (unless you count flash games)
  2. For a while, it was the only Ben 10 game released, until 2007, when Protector of Earth released.
  3. The Ultimate cards are an interesting gimmick, and predate Ben 10: Ultimate Alien by 4 years.
  4. While it is rather annoying, the game sometimes giving you the wrong alien is a neat touch.
  5. Due to the timer, the game can be good for speedrunning.
  6. Good voice acting, as all the characters reprise their roles from the show, and some of the sound effects are even taken straight from the show.
  7. The game could have been decent if it was released on the Game Boy Advance or the Nintendo DS.

Reception

Ben 10 was given negative reviews upon release due to the poor controls, outdated graphics and bad gimmick.

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