|System: DS, X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: A2M||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 30, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Even with this particular mini-game shoehorned several times into the adventure, youll be done with the game in about two hours. Admittedly, there is some fun to be had here, in spite of the games flaws. However, $30 is pretty steep for a game that will offer you relatively the same amount of entertainment as the movie, minus the polish and presentation. The games collectibles might be incentive to run through levels one or two more times, but the mini-games on offer here are pretty much a bust.
The visual production is fairly easy on the eyes. The games 3D graphics are surprisingly attractive at times, and everything runs smoothly. Theres a decent variety of plants and critters in each level, though theres also some obvious recycling. Dinosaur bosses and the layout of levels, though, are a real treat that young fans of the movie are sure to enjoy.
Youll also be treated to a smattering of voice work during cutscenes. Unfortunately, the humor from the movie doesnt really come across here, but cutscenes dont take anything away from the experience, either. The in-game music works fairly well, and the game has a playful vibe fitting for the audience its aimed at. Sound effects get the job done, though theyre unremarkable and occasionally out of sync with the visual cues onscreen.
Activision got some things right this time around, and there are some truly fun elements present in Ice Age 3 DS. That said, the package feels more like an extended demo that hasnt quite hit the beta stage of development. The levels have a mostly solid design, but poor mechanics and collision detection hamper the experience. An excruciatingly asinine mini-game that makes repeat visits throughout the story throws an additional road block up, and its only shameless function is to pad the length of a game that is over in about two hours. Your $30 is likely better spent seeing the actual movie with a huge bucket of popcorn and a biggie drink; pocket the change and enjoy the memories.
CCC Freelance Writer