Conclusion: I used the word "charm" a few times now but it fits this title so well, it just has so fricking much of it. Tired of boosting “Seriously” ? Just finished a long ass RPG ? Take a break with this game, no stress, just some good old platforming. The people who loved the movie should already own it, or at least gave it a rental.
Excerpt: The day before I gave Rango for the Xbox 360 a spin, I brought my eight year old daughter and her buddy to the local theatre and took in Rango the big screen animated movie. We all enjoyed the movie despite an accidental pop spill that left a certain unnamed person drenched the entire time. Anyhow, following the movie my daughter commented how Rango would make for an exciting video game. Given the way the storyline unfolds, I could see her point.
Excerpt: There’s an age old law around these parts and it goes a little something like this: movie-game tie-ins tend to be dismal. The reason for this dismal performance lies in the motive for the game, the publishers are prospecting every last ounce of gold that they can from a movie’s hype and often with little care for the actual quality of the spin-off product being peddled.
Conclusion: Clearly, the game is designed for younger players in mind (although that seems somewhat at odds with the older crowds that Rango is attracting in the theaters). The game is just a scant five hours long and the lack of extra gameplay modes drags the game's replay value down considerably. However, the narrative is entertaining and the variety in the between levels keeps the gameplay fresh as you work through it.
Conclusion: Concept: Tell another series of tall tales with the cast of the animated movie
Graphics: It’s a great-looking game, with oddball characters and memorable settings
Sound: Rango’s filled with fun riffs on Western soundtracks, from the signature song on down
Playability: Any deaths you might experience are your own fault; Rango does what you want without any fuss
Entertainment: Rango is a great pick for kids or for anyone else looking to blow an afternoon on a well-polished...
Excerpt: The world is labouring under the weight of movie tie-ins, every significant, even remotely popular movie or franchise will inevitably spawn a tie in game on every platform. Having not ventured into this territory since Toy Story 2 on the original PlayStation, my hopes were not high for Rango. Surprise was the initial feeling then when it turned out that Rango is actually a really solid game.
Excerpt: In the spirit of its unconventional cinematic counterpart, this videogame adaptation exudes eccentric personality. The narrative picks up sometime after the events of the film, with Rango as sheriff of a dusty desert town called Dirt. The main plot has you, as our reptilian friend, collecting space stones that’ve fallen to Earth.
Pros: + Maneuvering through the desert as Rango is a blast., + Looks really good, especially for a licensed game.
Cons: - Some awkward camera angles can be confusing; repetitive action early on., ? Why use a Johnny Depp voice-alike instead of the real thing?
Conclusion: Rango is an endearing little platform game that on the surface does almost everything right for its demographic. There's platform-jumping, rail grinding, riding sections and more, but it all adds up to nothing when the game is as short as it is. Rango is just far too brief to recommend to anyone other than easily pleased kids.
Excerpt: Surprise kids! Rango, the movie starring Johnny Depp's voice as a CG chameleon, has a tie-in game of the same name. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind with a movie-based game is usually something negative and hurtful, but prepare to be disappointed in this case. There is plenty of platforming goodness that will no doubt appeal to players nostalgic for the classics of olde, such as Spyro, Crash and Gex.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, it’s a pretty standard-issue kids game with a six-hour duration. But with a couple of genuinely brilliant sections, some super-slick presentation, the gonzo-riffic undercurrent and the general 'roll a funny ciggie while you play' factor, Rango has a hell of a lot more going for it. If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.