If you're familiar with the Ben 10 cartoon series, I don't think starting out as young Ben Tennyson will be any surprise, but for those who don't know him, he's just a kid like any other...with some crazy-alien-type-watch-gizmo that can alter his molecules and DNA utterly transforming him into a monstrosity for a set amount of time. Now that we have that out of the way : The latest adventure from Papaya Studios and D3 Publisher, Ben 10: Alien Force -- Vilgax Attacks pits Ben against a returning nemesis that plans to destroy the Earth. The mix of action, platforming and puzzle-solving is decent and might captivate fans of the series.
The story revolves around one of Ben's biggest enemies, who wants non-other than to "destroy the world" (genius!) with something named a "Null Void Projecto
r". Professor Paradox finds our hero and places him back in time so he can stop this menace from succeeding his evil plan.
Ben can become either a Humongousaur, Swampfire form and so on depending on circumstances. These transformations have their own pros and cons and different special attacks, so Ben can unlock new abilities by defeating enemies and collecting glowing energy orbs. Since the transition from human to alien is temporary, as the Omnitrix meter will show you, the best thing you could do is finish your opponent off with your special moves, before time runs out. And speaking of forms: you could just use one form you think feel more "natural" or easy to play with and use the others to solve puzzles, seems simple that way.
The game even has a Ship sections where you blast asteroids and satellites through space, but oddly enough, you can skip these parts and head back to real head-on combat, which kinda removes the whole purpose in the first place.
Visually: The animation is fluid, the transitions between Ben and his forms look nice, and the worlds that he'll explore stand out with their unique environmental hazards. Though the camera could be improved, there's nothing there that can really bother you when fighting, but might affect over-all game-play. But the sound and voice-acting is ok, the actors from the original Ben 10 series lended their talents in on this one.
If you're a Ben 10 fan, you'll find the game pleasing and not that much lacking since it's got a good mix of action and puzzle solving to keep you busy. Also, what could be better for such a fan than defeating Vilgax and his minions with their favorite alien character in the series, thus saving planet Earth in a very "hero-y" manner?