Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Review
The short form of this review is that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is great for kids under ten who enjoyed the movie and have relatively short attention spans. If you or the person you're thinking of buying this game for fits in that category, then Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a good choice. If not, then, well, you're going to find the game to be pretty short and very easy. The game simply won't present much of a challenge to older gamers and platform fans.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs roughly follows the general plot of the film, and the game pretty much assumes that you've seen the movie and are familiar with the story and its characters. The game does a good job of capturing the look of an animated film, and its characters mimic the look and movements of their movie counterparts quite nicely. The characters are also voiced by the same cast as the movie's, and the actors do a good job with the game rather than simply rushing through their lines so that they can grab their paychecks and go as is often the case in games like this. So overall Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs deserves kudos for capturing the look, feel, and sound of the movie, which is an accomplishment that will certainly be appreciated by the movie's fans.
The game provides a variety of play through its short levels which each feature one of the game's six playable characters. The bad and the good of this approach is that the enjoyable levels are over too quickly and underutilized in the game but at least the less enjoyable parts are over quickly. Most of the play involves the familiar platform game mechanics of jumping gaps and bopping enemies while bashing things looking for loot - with the loot in this case being fruit that can be exchanged to unlock things like more total health, sound bites, and multiplayer games. Some levels involve other mechanics such as tossing projectiles at things or racing, so there's a lot of variety here for the younger gamers who practically crave variety.
The controls are simple and easy to use, and they're implemented well so jumps are easy to align and make and it's easy to line up your attacks. The game camera is often an issue in platform style games, but that's not the case here. Everything you need to do is always easy for you to see on screen and you won't be faced with making blind jumps or being attacked by an unseen assailant.
There are eight multiplayer games available once you unlock them all, but none of them are playable online. They range from races to mudslinging contests, and while most are good for a couple of plays none are compelling enough to keep you coming back for more.
The overall quality and ease of play of the game make it suited for kids, and in that regard it's actually pretty good as far as kiddie movie licensed games go. If you're over ten, though, you'll find things too easy to provide much challenge at all, so you'd better be a really big Ice Age fan if you're going to get your money's worth out of it.
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 78%. Leave this one to the kids and everyone will be happy.