|System: Wii, PC, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Etranges Libellules||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Disney Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 2, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
A quest log also helps you keep track of the missions; this is most useful when you come back to the game after a few days and can't remember what you were doing. In addition, there's a Moves List that serves as a refresher for a little combat variety - not that there is much of that. The map menu also lets you place a marker in spots you need to revisit later on when you acquire new powers or meet new characters. All of these features make the game very accessible.
Unfortunately, when it comes to sound this title doesn't really stand out. Mysterious, fantasy-inspired melodies keep looping through the levels, providing good ambiance for the game, but not a memorable experience. The cartoonish sound effects are few and far between, complementing the comical look of the title, but not really making a difference.
I hadn't seen it before, but Disney's new games for children can be tied into an online account (DGamer) that allows you to unlock achievements, create and edit your own avatar, chat with other kids, etc. This can be done from the computer and also from the game cartridge. Everything is very kids-friendly and controlled, which is a good thing, considering today's dangers when using the Internet underage. The game also offers some special unlockables for DSi users.
Unlike other movie tie-ins, this offering is quite solid, and it targets a broader audience. Even if it's more aimed towards older kids, people of all ages will find it fun and appealing. It's not particularly challenging, but at the same time, the popular story, puzzle-driven platforming, and inspired visuals offer enough of a hook for anyone looking for a new DS adventure. If you enjoy titles such as Lost Winds, this one should make you happy.
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