Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is the video game adaptation of the movie with the same name. It uses many of the same characters and locations and many of the same story telling elements as the movie. Most games that are based off movies tend to fall short however. Will this be the same? I grabbed my keys and my flashlight and set off to find the answer.
As you start this adventure you will meet Amelia Earhart and start flying through this adventure title. I mean this quite literally as this title took a meager four hours for me to complete. By the end of the game I was able to unlock all bonus content without a single achievement rewarded for the content I unlocked. The four hour journey through this title was very entertaining although not challenging in the least, as it seems to lend its difficulty level to the younger crowd and novice gamers. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian has absolutely no replay value because after one play through you can unlock all locked content. The only content unlocked that is really worth taking a peek at is the 3 mini-games which had to be completed as you played through the story anyways. Even then this will provide maybe another 30 minutes of entertainment.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’s graphics are nothing special and most of the characters look and sound nothing like the characters from the movie; which to me is probably the worst part about this title. The only exception to this is Ben Stiller lent his voice to his character but apparently not his face. The controls are simplistic and only use a few of the buttons on the controller. The four hour experience is riddled with many cute and fun moments and lines from the movie that really add to the experience.
There are a large number of collectibles depending on what level you are on, and if you find all the collectibles in a level you receive an achievement for it. Unfortunately, I found myself sometimes missing the achievement by one token and being unable to go back and get the last token even when it is visible to me. This added to the fact that there is no level select in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, so you can’t go back to get tokens you missed. This can be pretty annoying. The boss battles are very entertaining and a lot of times humorous.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian The Video Game is a great game as long as it lasts. Anyone who enjoyed the movie will most likely enjoy this short romp through the Smithsonian. I definitely recommend it to fans of the movie series, at least for a rental.
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