El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Review
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: THQ 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 29, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In the sound department, there is the tried and true problem of the repeating song. One song repeats throughout the entire game; it even resets to the beginning of the song when you get to a new portion of a level. I am guessing it is the theme from the show, but man does it get old. Aside from that, they use text for all the interactions between El Tigre and the other characters. It would have been nice if they provided the voices from the show to accompany the text, although before you start the adventure they use voice and you can barely hear it even with the volume all the way up. It is a no brainer when making a game for kids about a show they love to use the voices. This is not the mid nineties; it is not hard to implement.

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera screenshot

Even with all my other gripes about this game, the control might have annoyed me the most. This can be attributed to the fact that even though there is not much jumping to do, wherever you do need to the controls lay an egg. During a double jump your character floats, almost hovers, in the air for far too long, and a tiny press of the forward direction will send El Tigre way over the desired platform. It can be absolutely ridiculous at times. In addition to the jumping conundrum, the stylus is rarely used, only being implemented for the Super Moves, but it feels unresponsive and will not execute attacks to the left at times. Also one move requires you to draw a straight line; another asks for a diagonal line. When you have them both, it will confuse your diagonal line for the straight line. Although the straight line move is better, it is the principle of the thing. Aside from these issues, the a button works when you need to punch something.

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Kids beware THQ has made a crumby product in hopes of gaining a quick buck. If you do not pony up the cash, hopefully they will deliver a more suitable incarnation of El Tigre in the future. As for this title, even with two endings, each swaying on your internal battle between good and evil, and a left over multiplayer mode there is just not enough to warrant a play through. El Tigre will rightfully take its place on the rapidly expanding shelf of massively produced and quality challenged Nintendo DS games.

By Tom Kelly
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Good or Evil? The epic choice Manny has to make. Will he follow in his father's footsteps or fall prey to his grandfather's evil ways?
  • Battle through multiple stages using the stylus to unleash furious attacks on unwitting foes.
  • Multiple endings supply enhanced replay value for true El Tigre fans
  • Take control of Frida in the multiplayer mode.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    2.7
    Graphics
    The characters look good, but the backgrounds are generic as they come.
    2.3
    Control
    There is little to do here, so jumping should not be this big a pain.
    1.3
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    It's the song that never ends it just goes on and on…
    1.0

    Play Value
    On the bright side you will only be annoyed for a couple of hours and then you never have to do it again.

    1.5
    Overall Rating - Avoid
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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