|System: X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Zen Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Microsoft Game Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 16, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-12||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Graciously, the game's content is wholesome and effortless enough that young children may find a good deal of enjoyment. The cartoon look and feel of the title will probably be engaging to them, and it will only take parents a little while to guide their young ones through the first few "Shows" until they fully get the hang of it. Then the adults can get back to preparing supper, watching the game, or playing with their DS.
As far as graphics go, I applaud the developer's effort in keeping with the minimalist drawings to coincide with those of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. After all, Rocky and Bullwinkle were always known for their simple animations that looked almost as if they were stills set to narration. Unfortunately, that style does not work well for video games. The choppy and unnatural character movements make the game boring in a matter of minutes to anyone from tweens on up. To put it bluntly, the visuals need a serious upgrade as they look as if they were hastily made by a programming student an hour before his Adobe Flash exam. How's that for hyperbole? Regrettably, if you play the game you may not think I'm exaggerating.
It's nice to know you need not play the game alone. There is a multiplayer component that allows up to twelve players to join. However, this is also poorly done because of the "hotseat" nature of multiplayer. You will actually have to switch the same controller from one player to the next after a set of four micro-games. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do is to touch my cousin's hot and schweaty controller after he just got done playing a micro-game. Fortunately, the passing of the controller is done after just four games which is neither too short nor too long. If you were hoping for an online component, you'll be disappointed, as only leaderboard submission is available.
What more can I say? Rocky and Bullwinkle is a game you should definitely pass on. Not nearly enough craftsmanship went into the creation of the title and the end result is a meager offering. There are a few redeeming qualities in the game, but it all stems from the Rocky and Bullwinkle license. The actual game itself is dull and simply not worthy of your $10.
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director