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Another movie game......another bad movie game
posted by alec9922 (STATE COLLEGE, PA) Jun 16, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
You sneak around museums collecting random stuff and evading random enemies. None of which is interesting and most of which is not even part of the story.
The story revolves around finding pieces of the magic tablet that brings the museum pieces to life. Most of the time, you are just trying to get the camera to point forward or attempting to maneuver your character with the terribly awkward controls. The jumping is very difficult to manage. Many of the actions you must perform in the heat of "battle" (you dont have any weapons and run away instead of fighting) are clumsy and some are down right frustrating.
In a moment when you are running from a dinosaur made of bones, its virtually impossible to get your character up and around and jumping and climbing without dying 10 times as you try to get your character to do what you want him to do.
Its a controller thrower if you arent blessed with the inner peace of a zen buddist.
I am not......so i sent it back within hours of putting it in my Wii.
The game is filled with busy work. Collecting items to unlock "bonus" material. Not interesting and not worth your time.
Be prepared for another movie game lemon if you get this one in the mail.
A Museum not Quite Worth its Admission Price
posted by Funfan12 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) May 13, 2009
Member since Oct 2005
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
A Museum not Worth the Price of Admission
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) May 12, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is based on the movie of the same title. You play as the main character, Larry, the security guard.
In this game, you wander about a 3D platformer, taking on missions, gathering all sorts of things, piloting vehicles, making jumps, and dealing with bad guys.
But the most important thing you do is gather up several gold ingots (squares) that have been spread over a few musuems. Each ingot gives you a power you will need to use to solve puzzles.
The eight powers are mixed; I like the paintbursh power to bring paintings to life, but not the animal control one (a pain to use), or the gear and "fix it" powers (boring.)
Another problem I had was the button mapping. I would prefer to have the jump button mapped to the A button and the "use the ingot" button mapped to the B button. But the game makers don't do that; they have it reversed.
The game's not very long; it would probably take from four to five hours for most players to get through start to finish. You can try to get all the collectibles and awards, but I wasn't temped to try that.
It also contains many bits of information about historical men, women, and items. I would rather have the game makers stick with a game and not a trivial educational device.
Other features this game has that can go are the basic minigames. There's a game where you stack blocks in the right way, one where you move creepy crawlies to the right spots, and a multiple choice trivia game. They're completly forgettable.
Throughout the main game and mini games, you get points you can use to unlock bits of information or the concept art (another feature that didn't thrill me one bit).
Unless you are a big time fan of 3D platformers, you can skip Night at the Musuem: Battle of the Smithsonian.
This Should Have Been Something I Liked...
posted by MrsDoherty (HURLEYVILLE, NY) Feb 27, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
Night AT the Museum
posted by OldSkuleGamer (OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) Mar 18, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
another movie game
posted by trex6504 (HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) Jan 26, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
Needs More Work
posted by Tomboy99 (LITTLE ROCK, AR) Jun 19, 2010
Member since Dec 2005
not too happy :-(
posted by christina1 (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) May 4, 2010
Member since May 2010
Lame but Involved
posted by loukerri (EAST ROCHESTER, NY) Nov 21, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
Night of the Museum 2
posted by Lisa12 (GLENDALE, AZ) Oct 11, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
Its good if you can remember from the teachings what to do though.
The graphics aren't that good but it still makes you feel as if you are there. Its a little different from the movie of course but its still alot of fun! I hope you have as much fun as I did playing it with my son.
Night at the museum
posted by brendamike (CHESTERFIELD, MI) Oct 6, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
posted by Creaks (RIALTO, CA) Oct 1, 2009
Member since May 2008
Fun but easy
posted by canislupis (GLEN ELLYN, IL) Sep 23, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
Ben just will occasionally move and fall off a cliff.
The camera angle make it harder to see and move.
They could have tightened up the characters some more.
I would have liked to be able to walk around the museum and collect anything I missed or just free play.
I would have like my saved game to say 100% after I won and not progress from saving at the last save.
I wish they would have let you but wax models with your tokens.
Easter eggs would have been nice.
I would say if you loved the movies then rent it otherwise pass.
If you watched the movies you will have no problems flowing through this game.
I beat the game in 3 days.
Pretty easy game play
posted by Cangel76 (SOUTHINGTON, CT) Jul 16, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
posted by decapad (BRONX, NY) May 30, 2009
Member since Dec 2007