for a target audience, I imagine that when Nicktoons:
Freeze Frame Frenzy connects with the right player
it would be gaming Nirvana. For the rest of us, which
is the overwhelming majority, Nicktoons: Freeze Frame
Frenzy contains virtually everything that we don't
want in a game.
to youngsters that are enamored with the Nicktoon
universe and not very skilled at videogames, this
game is not very challenging and features more characters
than you can shake an analog stick at.
with boy genius, Jimmy Neutron, who discovers that
something odd has occurred in Nicktoon land, characters
from virtually every Nicktoon show spill and mix in
to places they don't belong. Want to see Spongebob
on the set of Fairly Odd Parents? Fans of these shows
will be treated to numerous playable characters and
other non-playable characters that may have only appeared
a few episodes. I certainly didn't recognize a lot
of characters in this game and I doubt that few over
12-years-old will either.
characters include SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner,
Danny Phantom, Otto Rocket and Tommy Pickles. Each
has different moves and abilities but the differences
are not very pronounced.
photos of interesting scenes is the gameplay formula
here. Jimmy will tell you what kind of scenes he wants
you to capture. Get them all and you go on to the
next level. As a 2D, side-scroller it's very easy
to get results. It's kind of a lazy way to play a
game as you just sit back and watch the events unfold,
doing the odd move and occasionally taking a picture
of something that catches your fancy. Pass the chips.
some silly animations and situations to take place
as you scroll through the levels. Don't expect anything
hilarious unless you're the type that giggles at the
site of an apple falling off a tree. Sure, if it hits
someone in the head that would be cause for a guffaw
but laughing at a fruit breaking free from its nurturing
roots might be cause for a visit to the nut ward.
Any child that laughs uncontrollably while playing
this game should be considered for observation.
the camera to shoot pictures in such a way is not
unlike using a gun to shoot at enemies. The camera
even uses crosshairs to perfect your aiming. There
are times when you have to shoot at things such as
bosses to keep them from interfering or attacking
you - but you're only using the camera. As long as
you have the most basic of hand-eye-coordinated skills
nothing will be a problem in this game. Moms and dads
might want to take note of the lack of violence in
this game, among lack of other things.
lack of voiceovers gives the game a strange ambience
as though we're missing out on a lot of stuff. With
so many characters in juxtaposed situations one would
expect lots of dialog to coincide with the situations.
controls are solid and the graphics are decent although
this would have been much better in 3D and on the
Cube where it would benefit from the extra processing
Frame Frenzy is short and sweet and most probably
not for you.