Excerpt: It’s practically a law at this point – all animated movies (with the exception of dreck like
) must get a video game tie-in. Animated movies appeal to children…children play video games…parents and aunts/uncles need easy presents…and there you have it. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but they almost always guarantee a nice profit margin for the publisher.
Excerpt: Born into a nation of mighty Emperor Penguins, the tiny Mumble seemed just like any other penguin at birth. However, his father accidentally dropped him during incubation, and as a result Mumble isn’t like the rest of his species. All of the other penguins can sing a Heartsong to attract a mate, but unfortunately our hero can’t sing to save his life. Mumble’s dancing ways are frowned upon by the rest of society so he doesn’t fit in at all.
Summary: Games based on kid-friendly properties don't need to be inferior. It's a shocking sentiment, but games like Cars and Barnyard prove that an animated film can produce more than a cheap cash-in. It's too bad that Midway and Warner Brothers missed the memo and churned out another lame movie game that sucks the happiness right out of Happy Feet. As a licensed product, it's mediocre, with enough charming moments to rescue it from the immediate bargain-basement abyss.
Pros: Belly-sledding levels have a decent sense of speed, May cure insomnia
Cons: It's the same three minigames, over and over again, The unlockable "extras" are a complete joke, There is no fun to be had, anywhere, in any form, Boring two-person multiplayer may turn friends into enemies