|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.
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.
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.
CCC Freelance Writer