|System: Wii, PS2, PC, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Revistronic||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Playlogic||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 4, 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|
Yet another issue I had with the game was the character switching. Although there is only one character on the screen at a time, you can switch between four of the titular aliens in the attic to complete missions. These aliens all have different strengths and weaknesses, but the game does a very poor job of letting you know about this. For instance, there is only one alien that can double jump, and only one that can make grenades. There are two, however, that can use the grenades, and there is only one that can daze enemies with some sort of brain wave. Each character's strengths and weaknesses seemed almost to be picked at random, and since all four of them look very similar, knowing which alien to use was more guesswork than anything else.
Unfortunately, these examples really encapsulate my experience with Aliens in the Attic. I wish I could tell you something about the story, but the game rarely gives you a glimpse into what is really going on when you go through the levels. I also wish I could tell you that some aspect of the game was at least passable, but it seems everything here from the shoddy visuals to the non-existent sound is just terrible. Adding insult to injury, the game has some egregiously long loading times as well (10-15 seconds per level).
Sure, it is easy to rail against a mediocre game for poor production values or boring level design, but it is something else altogether to experience a game where basically every aspect is broken. I've only experienced one such game in the past (the horrifyingly poor Ninjabread Man, also for the Wii/PS2 from 2007) and it's just striking how both that title and this one get everything so perfectly wrong. There have been plenty of movie-based games released this year, from the exploration-intensive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the multiplayer-friendly Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. These are great choices if you want to play a movie-inspired game. Just leave Aliens in the Attic on the shelf!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor