If we were to say %26ldquo;It%26rsquo;s apt that the back of the box depicts a pair of lumbering penguins holding a pair of Wii controllers, because that appears to have been the target audience,%26rdquo; the inevitable response would be %26ldquo;But it%26rsquo;s for kids!%26rdquo; But when did that argument ever hold water? When were the pre-pubescent ever champions of the bland and meandering?
Even letting that slide, it%26rsquo;s likely players of any age will grow weary of the constant interruptions. (You can barely move without triggering a cutscene.) The cutaways can be amusing and colorful (as opposed to the in-game visuals, which make the majestic entity that is Africa look like a grass strain on a skidmark), but serve only to further fragment an already disjointed compilation of minigames.
The minigames %26ndash; or, if you%26rsquo;re lucky, platforming sections %26ndash; are thrown out with only the most cursory attempt to tie them into a coherent story (despite the glut of talking heads). Some are okay and would have benefited from being expanded upon, such as the giraffe-on-a-boulder levels, or the penguin stealth stages (seriously). However, their charms are buried beneath a pile of far poorer efforts. A kid wouldn%26rsquo;t put up with such mind-numbing tedium. Are you smarter than a ten-year-old?
Dec 11, 2008