Excerpt: Who better than the mischievous Curious George to star in a video game adventure? Based on the animated film, Curious George is a video game that features rich colors, a fun story line, and kid appeal. It's very challenging for little ones, however, and it should be kept in mind that adults (or older siblings) will need to intervene in order to minimize frustration.
Excerpt: Kids have been curious about Curious George literally for generations. He's been around for over 60 years, yet he still captures the hearts of little ones. Besides the many books starring the little monkey, there are software games featuring his adventures, toys galore, Curious George-themed nursery sets, and Brio (the makers of popular wooden train sets) has even produced a new Curious George line of toy trains.
Excerpt: Curious George is a popular character from a series of children’s books, and as a movie was released earlier this year the enduring chimp must still be going strong. There’s nothing to be curious about this gaming adaptation though, as it’s basically a run-of-the-mill platformer, albeit one that will please its audience and one with bags of personality.
Curious George: Downtown Adventure, Reading and Phonics
15 September 2008
Excerpt: In Downtown Adventure, Curious George promotes reading readiness for kids aged 3 to 6, as they solve puzzles and earn rewards to build contraptions that will get George out of an assortment of predicaments. In Reading and Phonics, kids learn to recognize letters, sounds, and words as they help George recover pieces of an important note that have been scattered by wind.
Excerpt: Adapting movies into games is generally akin to stuffing a square peg into a round hole, so in that light, the creators of Curious George had a exceptionally easy assignment: Make a platform game around a creature that specializes in jumping, swinging, and climbing. Round peg, round hole, right?
Conclusion: Last year, a similar kind of platformer was released alongside the animated film Madagascar . That game was similarly simplified for the sake of appealing to a younger audience, but it managed to simplify things without dumbing them down to utter banality. Curious George seems to have no other goal than to be a game that has a cute, marketable monkey in it.
Pros: Nicely cel-shaded character graphics, Solid voice acting, Some animated sequences from the film.
Cons: Gameplay is mechanically sound but terribly oversimplified, Only three hours long, Minigames are insipidly repetitive.