The sky is falling, there’s another game based on a movie! That’s virtually unheard of! Fortunately, Chicken Little isn’t your typical movie turned quick game cash in. Based on the movie of the same name Disney’s Chicken Little is a straight up platformer specifically for the younger Game Boy Advance owner. The simple gameplay will be welcome by the younger gamer. It’s always a good thing for them to get a feeling of satisfaction while playing through a game and not getting overly frustrated.
Chicken Little does a pretty good job of recreating the look of the film characters for the game. They’re not quite cartoon quality, but they look good for a Game Boy Advance game. The rest of the game may not match up to the look of the character models, but that’s okay because they’re adequate. Visually, there’s enough variation in the levels that you’re not forced to trudge through the same area for twenty minutes straight. Chicken Little is just good enough to say that it’s not that bad, which considering so many other games based on films, is quite the compliment.
The game’s sound could use a boost in quality. The music gets a little repetitive, so it’s a good thing that they let you turn the sound off. Whether it’s music from the film or not is unknown, but chances are that it’s not. It’s a wonder why they can’t get music from the actual movie since this is licensed from the film, but that’s neither here nor there. In the end the sounds from the game don’t hold up to the visuals, but they’re not the worst in the world, if that’s any consolation.
Chicken Little is, by no means an original platform game, but it is an excellent introduction to the world of a decent platformer. As Chicken Little you can progress through the game and as you collect acorns you can upgrade your character with health. There are other playable characters for extra play time, but they don’t exactly add more substance to the game other than getting you to play through the game again. That’s not to say that the game is bad by any means, in fact Chicken Little isn’t bad, it’s a solid introduction to the platform genre for children of younger ages. Special moves are easy to pull off and there are plenty of chances to succeed, actually there really is no losing, you get to keep retrying until you either quit or ultimately get past the area you’re struggling with. In the end Chicken Little won’t be the greatest game you (or your child) will ever play, but it will provide a satisfying experience for the younger crowd, and really that’s all that is important right?
One of the better decisions is the inclusion of two mini-games from the very beginning. Both dodge ball and the racing mini-games add even more reason to play. Believe it or not, the dodge ball game is actually pretty fun, albeit limited fun. The racing game isn’t as good as the dodge ball, but it’ll divert your attention for a while. The games get repetitive after a while, but like the main game they offer you the option of playing as some of the other characters which extends your playing time just a little bit longer.
Overall, the Chicken Little package (sounds like a new option for kids at Kentucky Fried Chicken) is rather decent for the younger set. It’s a solid buy for kids under ten years old. It really isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off, but it’s a good enough game to make any kid happy for many hours. A bit too easy for the older kids, but fans of the film will enjoy the game just as much. So, if you’re looking for a new game for that special kid in your life and they’re a fan of Chicken Little, this is a good pick up.
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