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What the world needs now is a hero. And now you can play as flint, hero-inventor of the action-packed movie, who creates a machine that causes food to fall from the sky. When the mach ine spiral out of control, it's up to you to save the world usi ng every awesome invention and crazy gadget flint has invente
Gamers take on the roll of Flint Lockwood, a wacky scientist in search of a great invention. His latest creation is a satellite that materializes food and rains the portions down on his hometown of Swallow Falls. When the food generator gets out of control its up to Flint (and you!) to dig his hometown out of the mess and save the day. There are some supporting characters, but the game doesn't bother to elaborate on the story or provide context. In fact, if you aren't familiar with the film, the game will feel extremely random. But since children rarely need a story to make sense to enjoy it, this minor complaint hardly matters...The game has an extremely short introduction in the style of slideshow. Following the prologue, players are dropped into the ice cream covered town of Swallow Falls with nothing but a modified hair dryer and a white lab coat. Flint has transformed the hair dryer into a heat gun which he then uses to melt obstacles composed of ice cream and other frozen treats. The game starts players with only one tool, but eventually gives them access to a set of tools that each do a different job...For example, Flint might need to jump up on the roof of a house, but can't reach the ledge. He can use the fork to pick up piece of jello and place it in front the ledge, and then spring up to the platform. Me might need to use the heat gun to melt part of an ice cream cone and then use the boxing glove to smash the rest of it. Not many puzzles get more complicated than this, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs does include some remedial problem solving. In short, this one is not for toddlers...Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs isn't inventive, interesting, or difficult. It might distract a child for a few minutes at a time but it's more likely that playing this game for extended periods of time will result in boredom with a chance of fatigue.
Movie-based games have a bad reputation, but with good reason: they almost always stink. The Chronicles of Riddick is among the few exceptions, but from out of nowhere this fall Ubisoft has delivered the most surprising, unassuming second exception to this Rule of Suckage: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. OK, so the movie itself isn't Gone With the Wind, and in fact neither is the game. But if you step back and judge it as a children's game (which is what it really is) and evaluate its merit as a vehicle for delivering movie interaction, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a rare gem: a movie-based game that's actually quite good...Players assume the role of the movie's main character as they work their way through about two dozen levels trying to clean up a world that's flooded not by rain, but by mana from heaven. That's right, it's actually raining food. As a result, every level is strewn with such "evils" as gummy bears, broccoli, chili and popsicles. Each level's objective basically amounts to clearing a specific number of a consumables; for example, chopping-up a dozen monster broccoli florets to clear the way for hikers going up a mountain. The individual levels are incredibly linear, and there's no option to control the camera, but that's amazingly never a problem even when two players are going at it Gauntlet coop-style...The weapons with which players dispatch consumables vary from food dehydrators to choppers to vacuum-like suckers, each of which can be upgraded multiple times after earning the required number of points. These upgrades are handy in later levels, where enemies are stronger, but they also encourage replayability of earlier levels, which always remain available to try and find more hidden items. This open-ended structure isn't just for going back, though; players can also play any the five levels within a "chapter" in any order they wish. The order in which they're played has literally no effect on the outcome, but the pseudo-freedom is a nice touch for the five to eight year-olds for whom Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is designed...Will adults enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? Well, parents can blow each level in about seven minutes, so the challenge won't be there. But watching the kids laugh out loud as they work through waves of cheeseburgers and hack gummy bears is a blast, and it's obvious the kids enjoy the experience too. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs won't likely win any Oscars, and its videogame counterpart isn't likely to top any Game of the Year lists either. Not if compared to adult-minded games, that is. But for kid-focused entertainment and the knowledge that a movie-based game is actually well executed, it's hard to top these meatballs.
Co-op Play: Grab a friend & join in with Steve the monkey for fun co-op gameplay.
Movie & Game Action: Play as Flint, the hero-inventor star from the mouth-watering motion picture.
Outrageously Fun Gadgets & Vehicle: Melt, punch, smash, slice & dice, carry, & spray as you battle highly mutated food enemies using Flint's wacky inventions. Hurl hamburgers with mechanical boxing gloves or sling spaghetti with giant forks!
Twenty Levels: Run, jump, climb, dodge & puzzle-solve your way through level after level of food mayhem. Explore twenty levels and environments from the movie & beyond, from the Jelly Castle to Ice Cream Falls.
...have fun playing alone or with a family member...
Nathan Drake, Kombo.com
Great for the kids to play...
Nathaniel Stevens, DigitalChumps.com
Ubisoft should be commended for its efforts...
Ryan Olsen, Kombo.com
Great for the kids to play...
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