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Where the Wild Things Are review

These wild things aren't

For

  • Environments are surreal
  • Platforming enlivened by riding Wild Things
  • Good
  • clean family fun

Against

  • Can whip through it in a day
  • Repetitive structure
  • Sometimes tedious for those over ten

There%26rsquo;s nothing wrong with being a game for kids, and Where the Wild Things Are (the game of the film of the book, no less) is a decent example of finger-fangling fun for the younger player. It%26rsquo;s repetitive and sometimes tedious for those of us who are over ten, but it%26rsquo;s also inordinately charming.

Taking its cue from Spike Jonze%26rsquo;s movie, you play as romper-suited Max, exploring a fantasy-land island populated by the titular Wild Things. What this means for us gamers is a third-person adventure with platforming elements and a whole lot of collecting things.

The Wild Things themselves are all present and correct %26ndash; even the James Gandolfini-voiced, oddly-named %26lsquo;Carol%26rsquo; %26ndash; and a significant portion of the game is concerned with helping them out. Carol, for instance, is building a model city but has lost all his toy buildings. Ferreting these about and collecting them gets you a reward, as do similar objectives for the other Wild Things. In between the game%26rsquo;s story levels, you%26rsquo;re free to wander around the Wild Things%26rsquo; village and talk to the beasts and present them with collected items.

And that%26rsquo;s just one aspect of the Wild Things collectathon %26ndash; there%26rsquo;s also shards of stars and plenty of other things to snatch up. It%26rsquo;s not quite Donkey Kong 64 levels of collectable madness, but there%26rsquo;s a lot to find.The good news is that the game%26rsquo;s (mostly) relaxed nature makes this more of a pleasure than a chore.

Points are knocked off, however, for incessant, annoying combat against a variety of bugs, and some clashes between unhelpful camera angles and perilous platforming. Otherwise, this is a charming little romp through one small boy%26rsquo;s imagination.

Jan7, 2009

More Info

GenreFamily
Description<p>This is a charming little romp through one small boy&#8217;s imagination, even if it has an annoying camera and some repetitive combat.</p>
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone 10+, Everyone 10+, Everyone 10+, Everyone 10+
UK censor rating12+, 12+, 12+, 12+
Release date:13 October 2009 (US), 27 November 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Family
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