Everyone knows movie-based games are usually the most advertised - and least playable - games in the industry, almost to the point of making us disgusted. However, in defiance of the toilet bowl reference in the title, Flushed Away proves to be a fair adaptation of the film and a solid adventure for kids.
Flushed Away looks typical, with makes-no-sense levels (though, in this case, we viewed that as a creative positive), elementary obstacles and nothing but the press-the-X-button-a-lot strategy required. However, a little more love went into this game than most of this genre. The levels are surprisingly lengthy, and most show new ways to get through as you advance. Some of the levels have a few odd schemes (why are the books on the shelf moving?), but then again, this premise wasn't very realistic to begin with, so there's little shock there.
The platforming elements are fairly interesting, and as the levels progress, the difficulty rises steadily, and the solutions aren't as obvious. The game is on the easy side, aimed at kids whose reflexes aren't yet honed to lightning fast perfection, like gaming tigers waiting to pounce, so we found the added challenge welcome.
Visually, Flushed Away is acceptable, but you're obviously going to wish it could look more like its theatrical release. Speaking of theater, the game is fairly true to the movie; however, the cutscenes are just still screens from the film (with voices acting it out), rather than in-game scenes or even movie clips, which we really don't view as an acceptable alternative no matter how much time and money it saves.
While we're pleasantly surprised with Flushed Away, that doesn't mean it ignores all of the typical problems for licensed games made on the quick. The camera is pretty crazy at times (especially when you're attempting to control it, oddly enough), and the controls are awkward. Plus, while we're not exactly sure how complex it is to control a British mouse, but we doubt it goes anything like this. Ultimately, Flushed Away is a typical movie-game, except a lot of the bad stuff has been given the title treatment and sent down the pipes.