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Happy Feet (GBA)

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      13.05.2009 02:55
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      Thumbs in the middle

      "Happy Feet" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2006 by Warner Brothers Interactive. It is based on the animated film of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Happy Feet features the player controlling "Mumble" and play through events which occurred in the film. The game is divided into two parts including a side scrolling platform adventure and a dance challenge. The platforming requirements involve Mumble speaking with fellow penguins and accepting quests which they lay out for him. These tend to including the gathering of fish and this sees Mumble going underwater. The player will swim and avoid any enemies while gathering the required species which the computer has requested. The player will also be greeted with five unique dancing segments which handle very similarly to games such as "Parappa The Rapper" (Playstation 1997). Mumble will react appropriately to certain button strikes and the player must enter a sequence as presented at the top of the screen. The game is generally very easy to play and does not offer a considerable amount of challenge, as such is the norm in movie related tie-ins.

      The graphics are presented from a side perspective which focuses on Mumble. In the platforming sequences, the visuals are generic with Mumble lacking any obvious facial features. The background scenes are also quite repetitive due to the game's setting in the Antarctic. Detailing to the many icicles and icebergs is poor and they only appear to be blue triangular objects. The game comes to live in its dance sequences as the view quickly switches to a three dimensional Mumble who swings, jives and moves to the player's button commands. The musical scores in these dance scenes are also taken directly from the film in full length and higher in quality.

      Overall, Happy Feet is a game which could appeal to fans of the film. It is a generic platform game that becomes very interesting through its dance features and this keeps very well to the plot.


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