Where the Wild Things Are Review
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Where the Wild Things Are box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Griptonite Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 13, 2009 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

The creative aspects of the game are certainly disappointing, but if we look at Wild Things from a purely technical perspective, the picture is even worse (literally!). Despite playing the game on a current-gen system, I was amazed at how basic the overall design was. Everything from the character models to the jungle landscape looked incredibly simplistic. Trees were sparse, textures on the floor (as well as on the water) were repetitive, and the Wild Things had immobile, molded fur that looked like it was cemented down with hair gel. Add this to persistent framerate issues and a very dark and dour color scheme (think gun metal gray with a few greens mixed in) and you've got yourself a mess on screen.

Where the Wild Things Are screenshot

The audio department isn't much better. As I said before, there is not much interaction between the Wild Things and Max, which means the voice over is sparse. I actually didn't mind the actor sound-alikes for the game, and I wish there was more dialog in the game, as it could have saved it from feeling so lifeless. The background music isn't bad, but it all too often slips into very slow pacing, which, coupled with the minimal voiceover, just enhanced the game's dismal vibe.

Wild Things doesn't give kids much to do, and there isn't much to the gameplay. Mindlessly following a Wild Thing and gathering items around a forested landscape does not make a game interesting. Even when a game is based on an existing property, you have to throw some kind of plot in there to give it a "point". This is Wild Thing's biggest shortcoming. It doesn't give you any motivation to keep going. Sure, you can go around collecting turtle shells or rock fragments, and after a successful collection you might get a few interesting words from a Wild Thing.

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However, there is just so little content and the levels are so repetitive that Wild Things spends its cache of charm in the first few minutes, and once its gone, you'll be left asking yourself one question: When did the Wild Rumpus get so boring?

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Character models are too basic, environments are repetitive, and framerate frequently slows down.
3.8
Control
Very basic platforming controls don't even require a tutorial. If you've played a platformer before, this one is a cinch to get into.
3.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There are some nice moments in the game's score, but the lack of meaningful voice over makes this game seem eerily silent.
2.3
Play Value
Though there are some collection quests scattered through the levels and in the game's central hub, beyond the initial story mode there is really no reason to come back.
2.2
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Rule the Island - Play as the mischievous Max, become King of All Wild Things, and join The Wild Things in their quest to find a way to safety before it's too late!
  • Frolic in the Wild Things Village - Explore the Wild Things' Village to meet all of the different creatures, play through mini-games, and acquire power-ups from each character.
  • Make 'Wild' Friends - Befriend and team-up with these fearsome but loveable mythical creatures - discover their unique personalities and learn new skills and abilities from them.
  • Discover the Undiscovered - Run, jump, climb, glide, fly and swing your way across the island's dangerous terrain while battling fierce creatures with your trusty sceptre.
  • Wander through Wild Worlds - Adventure across the mysterious island while tackling exciting unique worlds filled with fierce insects, shadow creatures and hazardous obstacles around every turn!
  • Experience Extended Adventures - Go beyond the movie to play through a unique story narrative- exploring never-before-seen environments.
  • Collectible Crusade - Search for more than 400 collectibles each associated with a Wild Thing. Collect enough and unlock special rewards inside the Wild Things Village!


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