Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Review
Cheat Code Central
24 May 2009
Conclusion: Least is also a regrettably accurate way to describe BOTS’s gameplay value as well. Besides the meager two hour (at best) campaign, there really isn’t much else to do here. You can always find all of the collectibles scattered throughout the game but most will be easily discovered during your first play through. There are three mini-games to unlock and play through, but they aren’t all that entertaining and are simply puzzles taken directly from the campaign.
Summary: Parents need to know that this adventure game features a farting monkey, so while you might be shaking your head, your kids will think it is hilarious. A lot of the enemies wield arrows and swords or shoot at you with machine guns, but you spend your time avoiding their attacks and there is no blood. Also, enemies might moan when killed in this very short game.
Conclusion: There are collectables to gather and trophies to earn for your display case, but there's very little reason to return to Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian once you're done, which means that you've just relived the film in about the same amount of time it takes to watch, but at four times the cost. It's too bad that the game offers so little value for its price, because it features some nice ideas that should have been taken even further.
Pros: Younger players will like the simple puzzles, Different powers lead to some clever moments, Varied gameplay.
Cons: Shorter than Napoleon, Terrible platforming sequences, Lame humor.