the first time in my video game career, I didn't have
a meltdown playing a game based on a kids movie.
by Cole Smith
3, 2006 - It's
unfortunate that most videogames that are based on
licensed movies, suck. The typical reasons they suck
includes limited development time, limited budget
and the fact that most of them are aimed at kids which
some executives believe can't tell the different between
a crappy and a great game. "As long as that friggin'
elephant is in the game the little bastards will be
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is an exception to the rule.
Although it's based entirely on the movie of the same
name, it just doesn't suck.
is one fun platform game. It's not just a cheap imitation
of the movie, loaded with filler and poorly executed
cutscenes. While, The Meltdown, follows the plot of
the movie, it uses excellent cutscenes and narrative
to communicate the storyline and introduce us to the
infamous and quirky characters. Even though the game
is aimed at kids, the humor doesn't talk down to them.
The lines and situations in this game, as in the movie,
are truly funny.
cast of characters include Manny the mammoth, Sid
the sloth, and Diego the smilodon. But you'll be playing
mainly as Scrat, the part-squirrel and part-rat animal
that is always searching for acorns but winds up finding
trouble instead. Not only does the game feature cutscenes
that look like they were ripped from the actual movie,
but the voiceovers are performed by the actual actors
from the movie - and these are some big names. We're
talking Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary.
Needless to say the delivery is perfect. Thankfully
the script is well written to accommodate these heavyweights.
place during the final days of the Ice Age, the characters
find themselves in a continuing warming trend that
heralds the end of the Ice Age. Water is everywhere
as the world begins to melt around these prehistoric
creatures that were just having fun in the newly discovered
waterparks. They soon learn that some glaciers are
melting and that a damn is about to burst that will
flood the entire area destroying all life within the
order to reach safety, and warn others about the impending
doom, you will begin a journey that involves various
platforming activities. There are switches to flip,
puzzles to solve, acorns to collect, enemies to outwit,
and platforms to negotiate. It's like playing a whole
whack of mini-games. Unfortunately most of these elements
are standard platform fare, but within the concept
of the Ice Age storyline, these reworked platforming
features feel fresh.
controls very well. He's small but the little guy's
got a lot of moves. He can jump, run, climb, swim,
swing, spin, cling and kick. He scurries, climbs walls
of ice and swings across open water with the use of
ropes. He's a highly nervous character that is always
on the lookout for enemies and wheezes continually
as though he's always on the verge of exhaustion.
If he can't run away from an enemy he's got the ability
to throw stones and other things at them.
While the cutscenes look great, the in-game environments
are decidedly low-res. There are many instances of
reused textures. You're sure to be sick of snow, ice
and water in their many forms. Thankfully you'll come
upon some areas where land exists, as well as a place
called the tar pits. More time was spent developing
the characters than the environments. They almost
come alive when they move. They all have different
walking characteristics that are specific to the animals
that they represent, but done in an exaggerated cartoon
fashion. There are various animated sequences that
are triggered at different locations throughout the
only one main mode and no multi-player component,
the replay value is limited to collecting and unlocking
items that one may have missed the first time through.
It's definitely worth one trip back, especially if
you didn't bother to find everything the first time
through. It's likely that you'll complete the game
in a few days, even if you take your time. You will
encounter some challenging situations from time to
time but a little experimenting and practice will
have you on your way in no time.
Meltdown is recommended for fans of the movie and
gamers of all ages. Hardcores will probably turn their
collective noses at the collecting element but the
platform elements are challenging and fun. There's
no way you won't get a laugh out of this game. I would
more than likely recommend a rental of this game since
you'll be done with it in less than a week.
splash, and scurry through all the action and adventure
from the new Ice Age 2 The Meltdown movie and unearth
fun, laughter and surprises along the way.
perfect compliment to the film and a great way for
fans to extend their experience with the story and
the wonderfully endearing characters
as Scrat, along with your favorite heroes from the
into a huge variety of exciting mini-games, like
Sid's Slippery Sloth Slide Challenge!
through the amazing worlds of the Ice Age 2 The
Meltdown movie... and new ones too.