Glitches keep this game from getting a hearty thumbs "Up."
Common Sense Media
28 October 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this generally kid-friendly game features mild cartoon violence such as using weapons like golf clubs to whack cartoon animals and insects. Also, you'll see spatters of green blood on the ground after killing jungle bugs. In arial combat levels, you are tasked with shooting down planes that simply disappear in clouds of smoke.
Summary: Up is a disappointing game, a rare thing for a licensed game. What could have been a fun little two player platformer is, instead, a mess of bad controls and ugly graphics. Unless you have to wave your arms around and look at squarish Pixar characters, there are better games for the Wii.
Excerpt: I have been fan of Pixar movies since the original Toy Story was released in 1995. This was their first theatrical release and it put them on the map. Since that time they have released 10 feature films including the recently released "Up". Well, as one would expect with most Pixar films, the movie has been recently brought to the realm of videogames via THQ. Released on almost all platforms available I was tasked to review the Wii version of the game.
Conclusion: Up is a game aimed at children, thus I can’t be too hard on it, yes it’s repetitive, yes it’s easy, and yes the puzzles are simplistic, but again, it’s aimed at children, not adults. If you’re an adult you can have fun playing with your child in cooperative mode I’m sure, but you’ll need to have patience as you might get bored quickly.
Pros: Family fun, Good use of Wii controls, Lots to do and collect, Fairly easy
Cons: A bit buggy at certain points of the game, At points of the game you’re unsure what to do next
Excerpt: By the time the credits roll, you will start to question whether or not the first half of the game was as good as it first appeared – or if you were simply blinded by how well it mirrored some elements of the film.
Conclusion: There's something novel and charming about a game that has a crotchety old man as the protagonist, and Up does a fine job of capturing the delightful characters from the film. Still, considerable as it is, this charm can only carry Up so far; thus, the tedium and simplicity of the gameplay make enjoying Up very difficult.
Pros: Ease of play makes it accessible to young players, Voice acting captures the charm of the film's characters, Emphasis on cooperation may appeal to parents wanting to play with their kids.
Cons: Even young kids may be put off by the game's simplicity, Very little variety to the environments, Recycles the same puzzles numerous times.
Summary: Based on the upcoming Disney Pixar film, Up is a comedy adventure taking you on an exotic adventure with Carl Fredricksen and his sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as you set off on a wild journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America.
Excerpt: Producing instant "classics" with the likes of 'Finding Nemo' and 'Cars', Pixar can scarcely put a foot wrong in the movie business and the same can be said about their most recent animated film 'Up'. As with most of the high profile Disney/Pixar films the licensing juggernaut will always guarantee a corresponding console game tie-in and in this case it is (of course) Up for the Wii.