|Stuart Little 3 : Big Photo Adventure|
Release Date: Out Now
When given the “opportunity” to review a Stuart Little game I approached it with a bit of trepidation. The first thing that struck me was “Stuart Little 3? I don’t remember that being on at the movies?” Normally I am badgered into taking the kids to the latest film release and wading round the house ankle deep in “themed” toys from fast food outlets. So I checked the Extras and found a trailer for the movie, which proudly proclaimed “now premiering on DVD”, loosely translated as “straight to video” for the oldsters, which helped things to make sense.
Anyway I thought I’d have a blast on the game myself before unleashing it on the kids, to see if it contained appropriate content. After a few cut-scenes to set up the beginning of the game you find yourself in the garden of the familiar house. Your basic mission for the overall game is to replace photographs in George’s album that you have clumsily ruined. A bit tenuous but most kid’s games never have an overly complex plot.
Controls are fairly fluid and allow you to roam freely around the area. Think: GTA but smaller, nicer, more friendly, more pleasant, more colourful. Therefore ok for the kids to play unattended.
The mini tasks are pretty varied and range from quad bike racing to mini golf, platforming, target practice, skateboarding etc. and on the whole are pretty easy. I handed the controls over to my kids at this point who whipped through the various tasks with pleasure, never needing help from their Dad on a tricky bit .
Graphically it is a bit flat looking and could’ve done with some more lighting and shading effects, but given that it’s a children’s game it’s colourful enough.
Soundwise it is a bit of a mixed bag. During the game you’ll meet a variety of characters from old favourites like the “oh so dry” Snowball the cat, ickle-wickle birdie with flying goggles, to kids playing with remote control vehicles. I wasn’t sure if the voices were by the original cast, sound-alikes or some characters were perhaps just made up for the sake of the game. Functional but not awe-inspiring, don’t splash out on a brand new surround sound rig to get the best from this baby.
- The kids can play it on their own
- Variety of mini games
- I don’t get to use my l33t gamer sk1llz to help the kids out!
- Only one player