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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian review

Troubled
AT A GLANCE
  • Real Stiller!
  • Educational puzzles
  • "Humor"
  • Brain-dead difficulty
  • Unsatisfying gameplay
  • Horrifying Ben Stiller character model

Hey! It’s the tie-in game to the sequel to that film with Ben Stiller in that you vaguely thought you might watch if it was on TV or something, but never got around to! Unless you have kids that need to know more about American history, or are a mentally unstable Achievements whore, you might want to turn away now.

One brownie point does come from the fact that Ben Stiller actually bothered to turn up to voice his character, Larry Daley – the security guard-cum-inventor who returns to night-time museum prowling to prevent an evil Ancient Egyptian from taking over the world. It seems surprising that he would agree to appear, seeing as his on-screen avatar looks like a chimp after a serious car accident – but maybe he never got to see the game before it was released.

So, as if you couldn’t have guessed, it’s pretty traditional platforming fare, with the emphasis on puzzles and Harry Potter-style exploration, plus the added surprise factor of a gargantuan amount of simple historical facts (sorry, er, factoids) littering every area, designed to get players a higher mark on their next History test. You’ll team up with heroes like Teddy Roosevelt and fight baddies like Ivan the Terrible and Al Capone, and at certain points you’ll commandeer different vehicles, like Amelia Earhart’s bi-plane and a thundering great T-Rex skeleton. Obviously.

It’s solid and glossy, but difficulty is engineered towards the most simple-minded of kids, and the "collect parts of an ancient amulet" plot, allied to obvious challenges, doesn’t make for a hugely satisfying jaunt. However, if you loved the SNES platformer Mario’s Time Machine, you’ll like this.

Jun 3, 2009

More Info

Release date: May 13 2009 - Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PC (US)
May 05 2009 - Xbox 360, Wii, PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PC
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Majesco
Developed by: Pipeworks Software, Amaze Entertainment, Fizz Factor
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence
PEGI Rating:
12+

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8 comments

  • gamer49 - June 17, 2009 4:40 a.m.

    i have never played this game and so far it's looking lilke a good thing.
  • cubsfan101 - June 12, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    What a waste of money
  • CreeplyTuna - June 6, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    i hate it more when the ONLY thing they say is FIRST
  • oryandymackie - June 5, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    People, you should be warned, I report all "FIRSTS!". No matter what you've got to say, if you say "FIRST!", then you're reported. I'm a crime fighting, lean mean reporting machine yeah? And if I catch you bragging, I'll send you packing. Always wanted to say that.
  • Defguru7777 - June 5, 2009 1:21 a.m.

    @FingeredPope This is the sequel. It just came out.
  • Fancy Rat - June 4, 2009 5:53 a.m.

    They just came out with a sequel. Usually if a game comes out several years after a movie, it turns out to be a great game (see Riddick, Ghostbusters, Godfather...)
  • FingeredPope - June 4, 2009 5:16 a.m.

    First again? Oh my god i'm on a roll. Can't say I didn't see this coming. The movie came out, what 3 years ago and now the game is finally out? It just reeks of failure already.
  • vitoruss - June 4, 2009 7:26 a.m.

    Larry Daley invented cum?? What...?

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