Excerpt: Movie-tie-in’s have never tended to be the best of games and Shrek Forever After: The Game follows, more than comfortably, in its predecessors footsteps. Whatever your thoughts about the film series you really would have to go out of your way to enjoy the adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss in this horrendous piece of gaming. Let’s start with the good points of the game.
Logic puzzles combines with story centered on virtual pets.
Common Sense Media
8 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is a spinoff of the NeoPets virtual pet website , an online community that sees kids creating colorful little creatures, engaging in quick games, and buying various virtual items using Neocash, which is purchased with real-world money. The game features unlockable items that players can access only by joining NeoPets community.
Excerpt: My first exposure to Neopets was in the Capcom booth at E3 in the year of our Lord 2008. Neopets Puzzle Adventure on the Nintendo DS impressed me then, and continues to impress me now. We get to choose our character, and play through a lengthy story mode where the main mode of game play is a tile turning game which the game explains masterfully in the very first level.
Conclusion: There are some fundamentally good gameplay tidbits here, but ultimately, Neopets: Puzzle Adventure is an over-priced and unfinished product. Neopets fanatics who just have to check it out should rent it and send it back; everyone else can take a pass.
Summary: Neopets Puzzle Adventure combines the virtual world of Neopets with a variety of puzzles based on the classic games of Reversi and Go. Neopets Puzzle Adventure will incorporate several different mini-games, tons of petpets, as well as more than 100 items to equip various Neopet characters, recipes, treasures, awards and more.
Conclusion: Neopets Puzzle Adventure is a decent distraction, especially for a younger crowd, but only if they’ve already exhausted the two games from which it was so obviously inspired. The DS version is noticeably better than the Wii version however, and if there are any Neopets that absolutely must be petted it should happen with a stylus rather than a Wiimote.
Conclusion: Neopets Puzzle Adventure for the Wii is a disappointment. It offers more depth and customization than the DS version, with the same addictive and easy-to-grasp gameplay, but the chugging frame rate and eye-straining visuals keep it from becoming the superior version. There's an enjoyable puzzle game as well as several hours of quests, minigames, and some multiplayer options buried under the poor presentation, but they aren't worth the headache to find.
Pros: RPG aspects are more fleshed out than portable version, Othello-inspired gameplay is simple, addictive fun.
Cons: Horrible frame rate nearly renders the game unplayable, Grainy visuals and blurry text are bad for your eyes, Frequent, lengthy load times.