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Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension review

Decent
AT A GLANCE
  • It has its head in the right place
  • The addicting minigames
  • Jetpacking with a friend
  • The lame old-timey stage
  • Over-powered early guns
  • Very short campaign

If you’re over twelve years old and/or don’t eat crayons, you probably won't much care for Phineas and Ferb’s first console outing. If you have spawned small offspring, however, it might be a budget title worth picking up. See, in a world where children's shows are overflowing with bratty (wizard) divas, Phineas and Ferb embodies politeness and creativity.

The show’s premise (which we watched… for research) is about two brothers who want to invent something awesome each day of summer instead of sitting inside, eating pork rinds and watching the Disney Channel (which is in no way ironic). The problem is they’re just dumb kids and the only awesome thing they should be doing is mowing the lawn and fetching dad a brewski. When one of their many inventions goes awry, the kids and their misshapen heads are cast into a series of parallel dimensions.

In order to return home, the characters must equip bullet-less weapons like baseball blasters and soda squirters and ward off the monsters unique to each of the six stages. These stages range from a gelatin-infested home world, to balloon worlds, to a beautifully rendered, but ultimately ill-conceived, old-timey black and white level (a la Mickey's steamboat).

The game is intended for two players, or one player with four arms, but the computer will graciously take over for player 2 if you play solo. Whether you play with the standard dual-shock or Move controller, there are only a few kiddy gimmicks – like shaking the controller to free yourself from goo. Unfortunately, even in the levels perfectly designed for the Move controller, like the jetpacking and slide sequences, the game plays no differently.

Regardless of which controller you use, the game is never hard. The difficulty reflects the game’s intended audience – which is either “very young” or “very bad at videogames.” There are few challenges for a real gamer and your characters frequently point out the game’s obvious level design. Stand still too long and you’ll garner "hints" about what to do next, like "I bet if you jump into that gelatin wall we can swim through it." Furthermore, health is littered at every corner – which is weird because even if you die, you only need to shake your controller to come back to life.

While collecting hidden coins in the levels and mastering the game’s skee-ball and clawgame minigames will add an hour or so to gameplay, the game still maxes out at a breezy three hours. After using the minigame rewards to purchase the few playable characters there’s really no reason to go back - all that’s left are figurines and sound chips to make your Soda guns moo like cows. 

Ultimately, whether you should buy this game or not really comes down to whether you’re buying it for a twelve year old or yourself. The game is so short the included four unreleased television episodes last nearly as long as the campaign, and the humor is devoid of any Shrek-style double entendres to keep adults entertained. We can’t stress enough that this game is perfect for a kid, but that’s about all it’s perfect for.

Aug 4, 2011

More Info

Release date: Aug 02 2011 - PS3, DS, Wii (US)
Aug 02 2011 - PS3, DS, Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, DS, Wii
Genre: Arcade
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:
Everyone 10+

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11 comments

  • marioman50 - August 4, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Hey, a triangle shaped head, haha!
  • p0wnd - August 4, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    When inbreeding goes to far?
  • Gillespee - August 4, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Though the game may be "devoid of any Shrek-style double entendres to keep adults entertained," I assure you the show is great viewing for entire families. There's plenty of in-jokes for adults, just not about sex and farts.
  • JoeMasturbaby - August 4, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    i am 22 and i watch this show and love it. cartoon show games never appeal to me much though, too bad cause its such a great show.
  • playswithsquirrels - August 4, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    The show is actually really good. It gets at least one audible laugh per episode. And that's actually not a triangle shaped head. It's p-shaped. All of the characters' heads are shaped like the first letter of their name. It's likely that no one cares about that, but if you're a fan of the show, it's fun to see all the characters in a new light.
  • dillman502 - August 5, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I don't care for this show though it's not the worst on TV, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on the other hand, is amazing
  • fingo-queerington - December 2, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    >MLP amazing Go die in a hole, brony scum. Phineas and Ferb may be generic and boring, but hey, at least it's not as bad as watching some feminist lesbian show about ponies where they all walk around like the little Mary-Sues they are.
  • EnigmaSpirit - August 5, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    My friend likes the show. He played a song from it once, and to mask it I blasted a dethklok song. That was a fun difference. Why even review the game though? If someone is young enough to play the game, I doubt they look at reviews online.
  • Anjaneya - August 5, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    @EnigmaSpirit Its actually really difficult to find reviews of most kids games, so if you care about your kids playing games that work then this sort of thing is pretty handy!
  • knightnettie - August 5, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    I love this show...but as usual, I'll stay away from the video game.
  • joerevs300 - August 7, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    Actually, I have an 8 year old son, and that's why I bought it. He's Autistic though, so while he can play the DS games the PS3 is too hard for him. I beat the game in under 3 hours LOL Definitely no challenge there. However...this Platinum might win the award for "easiest to get but most annoying too" because you have to buy everything. Which means you have to get tickets. Which means playing the same 2 minigames over and over!!! This is a very good video game rendition of the show, and if you've got kids that love it, I would recommend it. Just understand, if they are any good at games, it won't take them very long to beat it.

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