The Ice Age is ending and our subzero heroes return in this
action adventure video game set in a melting paradise of water
parks, geysers and tar pits. Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth
and Diego the Sabre-toothed Tiger are back and realise that
the melting glaciers will soon flood their valley. With the
help of everyone's favourite sabre-toothed squirrel from the
first movie, Scrat, help your big friends cross the perilous
landscape to safety. Scrat will dig, swim, sniff, spin and
roll his in his never-ending quest to collect acorns. In the
process, he serves as the unwitting hero in the quest to save
the land from a giant flood...
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown you play Scrat, a prehistoric
sabre-toothed squirrel who must run around his environment
collecting items and progressing through the levels. To
be honest you never feel as though you are doing anything
of importance other than collecting nuts and acorns but, apparently,
you are supposed to be helping your other friends find a safe
place to live - far away from the melting ice.
that doesn't really matter. Who cares why you are roaming
around the icy environments? The fact is that this game is
not half bad. This is a slice of console action for the under
11's, and with that in mind this is quite an impressive game.
Usually games based on movies are almost guaranteed to be
next to useless, but this is a rare game in the genre - one
that has been well produced.
from the usual jumping, hitting, and swimming, The Meltdown
offers a few neat moves for your character. You can sniff
the air to find hidden objects that are nearby. And there
are a number of mini games. For example, early on you have
to play dead every time Diego turns around. When he looks
away you can jump up and continue to collect items in your
path. Another mini game sees you having to choose the wind
power of a flatulent bear. If you gage it correctly you go
soaring off into the air to land in a gap in the rocks. If
you time it wrong you end up squished against the cliff face.
also get to control other Ice Age characters briefly
- Sid the Sloth on a sort of toboggan run is quite
game looks great and plays like any other platformer - although
there's very little to challenge most seasoned gamers. The
humour of the movies is reflected well in this game and the
majority of gags should go down just as well with adults as
they will this their offspring.
the end of the day this is a job well done. But don't expect
anything new or exciting, nor anything to taxing. This is
a young kid's game, and a pretty impressive one at that.
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