We managed to finish it but I (the parent) did about 70% of the game. My 5 year old held her own but was to difficult. ALso, when you mess up on a level you have to start back from the begining. Sometimes we had to do the level over 40 times to get it right!!
There aren't a lot of great or memorable movie to game translations out there. This one is no exception. I do have to say the look of the game is great. The bright graphics and authentic voice acting really brings out the cartoon characters of the movie.
Two things about this game really knocked it down. For one, a lot of the mission objectives are too convoluted and leave you wondering where to go next to complete a mission. They added a "help" skill in the way of Remy's powers of smell. When you hit the proper button, an aroma like animation is supposed to tell you where to go next. Interestingly enough, the designers failed to include it in missions where you would need it the most, like trying to find your brother or dad to complete an objective.
The second let down which I consider one of the most important signs of a good game was the utterly horrible play control. You can make a game challenging in a lot of ways, but when your character slides around like he's skating on ice, like in the majority of the mini games you have to endure, it just makes a game unplayable. I also had to switch off the sixaxis option while walking on ropes or other obstacles that required a sense of balance because it's too nonreactive. Think of it as an old car with a steering column problem....if your car is still turning left when you have the wheel cranked all the way to the right, it's not a very desirable car to have, and that's where this game crashes and burns. Don't even think about wasting your time with this one.
posted by smmathison (Long Beach, CA) Apr 22, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
It seems that this game would be more appropriate for young children in the 6-10 age range, but my 15 year old, who plays many of the popular and complicated PS2 and PS3 games, found it to be too difficult. We thought it would be more fun, but having to spend hours to get through one part early in the game does not appeal to us. We want something that is fun and we can progress in, especially for the young players. This game was really a disappointment for the age range that it seemed to be made for.