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This listing is for the Nintendo DS game, Alvin and the Chipmunks, developed by Brash Entertainment and published by Eidos. The game is similar in principle to Guitar Hero, and involves playing along to music.
The general plot behind the game is that you start at a small music venue and then have to work round larger venues. In each level you have to catch various icons which drop from the top of the screen, and this is what keeps you in time with the music. Working through this story mode allows to unlock more levels in the game.
The touch screen controls are not the most accurate, and sometimes you miss a icon at the base of the screen. Unfortunately, it's hard to notice how often this is happening when you're playing away, as it's only at the end of the level that the statistics show you how many you have missed. It can be frustrating to think that you've had a perfect round, only to discover that there were errors riddled throughout.
On the other end of the scale though, you can sometimes miss a large amount of the notes, have dreadful rhythm, and you can look at the statistics for the level, and found that you've been near fautless. It does rather take away the fun of aiming for 100% accuracy when these figures do almost appear to be slightly random, and you sometimes wonder whether the timing in the game itself is properly set.
In terms of the sound in this game, if you like the Chipmunks and their high pitched music, then you'll love this game. And if you don't really like that kind of music, then you'll likely hate the game, but the musical tracks are good and there are lots of them. The graphics are OK, nothing special, but it's the music which adds to the atmosphere.
There isn't a great deal of long lasting play in this game, solely because it's too easy to beat. You're likely to finish even the hardest level in just a few hours, and if you technically want to complete the game, you will have to beat the game in easy mode, then medium mode and then in hard mode. But none should take too long, although it's a good game for children who struggle with harder games.
There is a multi player element in the game, you can play this game with a friend, and the game is split across the screens. This does add some fun element to the game, but even then it remains quite repetitive. You can use the unlocked tracks from the main game, but you have to completed them in the single player story mode first.
The game retails for 19.99 pounds but is currently available for 12 pounds on Amazon. If you're happy with second hand copy, these are available for around six pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, this isn't really a very good game, simply because to ask twenty pounds for a game with such a limited lifespan is asking too much. The game is repetitive, and even the story mode in the game can't really increase the life span of this game. If you want an easy game for kids, and can get it cheaply, then this is worth a look, but otherwise there's not much entertainment to be had here.
Rock out with the Chipmunks this Christmas! Inspired by the no.1 kids musical group of all time, Alvin and the Chipmunks makes its debut on DS. Players will play as the Chipmunks as they rock their way to the top of the charts by winning the ultimate battle of the bands contest, Rockathonapalooza. Alvin and the Chipmunks will feature fun rhythm based game play, popular licensed songs spanning many different eras, and a variety of play modes including multiplayer and more.