Happy Feet 2 The Videogame Review
Microsoft Xbox 360Also available on Sony PlayStation 3
Here at The Digital Fix we have collectively decided that games for children should really be reviewed by children, not overweight, out of shape, ageing so and so’s. As a result we would like to introduce you to Joe Shearman (Aged 8) and his first review for TDF, Happy Feet 2.
Happy Feet 2 - The Videogame is a musical adventure game for the entire family inspired by the whimsical Antarctic world of the upcoming animated film Happy Feet Two. In the game, new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it's going to take everyone working - and dancing - together to save them from extinction. Players use dance moves to recruit penguins with unique abilities that help advance the adventure, stun opponents and enemies, as well as manipulate the environment around them to solve cooperative puzzles.
- Side-by-Side Co-op Play
- Tap to the Beat
- Dance the Adventure...in 3D!
- Meet the Cast of Characters
- Upbeat Musical Score
ABOUT THE GAME
Happy Feet 2 is a game loosely based on the film of the same name. It is a cross between a 3D platform game and a dance/rhythm game. The aim of the game is to find Eric by dancing your way across the 30+ levels collecting penguin helpers as you follow the path to the exit. This is done by spinning , sliding and breaking ice to clear the path.
I found that keeping in rhythm to perform the special moves was quite tricky at first, but this doesn’t really matter that much as you have lots of opportunities to get it right and progress. The rest of the controls are really easy - move your penguin with the analogue stick, then you have a jump button, a dance button and a ‘break ice’ button. These few controls are all that you use for the majority of the game. I found the first few levels to be really fun but unfortunately it all gets a bit boring if you play it for a long time as the levels are very similar.
The graphics in general are really realistic, by realistic I mean that they mirror the movie. It looks like Antarctica and it all looks really nice when the light changes. The characters are very nicely animated and mirror the film. Generally though there isn’t much variety in graphics as the entire game is just ice and snow, although as you do more dance moves as you progress there are new things to see - the only real problem throughout is that sometimes the camera angles make it difficult to see what is going on when you are in the distance. This problem is increased when trying to add more players to the game - when I played with my dad and little brother, player two is really small, and it is sometimes difficult to see exactly where you are.
The focus of the whole game is around sound. You collect musical notes on the path to make the music better. At the start of each level you choose the background tune, and this starts off very basic, for example just drums and then as you collect each new note and level up the individual tunes, more levels of sound are added. The sound is excellent throughout, the real high point of the game and even the background tunes are really good.
This is a game that I do still play...occasionally. It is good fun to do a couple of levels at a time but isn’t an addictive game, mainly because although the level designs are different the difficulty doesn’t really increase much as you progress and as a result it isn’t much of a challenge. One good thing about the game is that it is easy enough to play with my 3 year old brother. I think that if you like the film and are 4-7 you will enjoy this game a lot. There isn’t anything wrong with it – the sound is excellent and the graphics are nice, but older children and adults will get bored quickly.
+1 to the score for under 4’s
Adult note – if you like achievements and are happy to play a game clearly designed for children, you can rack them up very quickly