This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Animaniacs - Lights, Camera, Action, developed and published by Ignition Entertainment. The game is an arcade type game, really designed for children.
As you play through the game, you work through fifteen levels across three different film movie script themes. Success in these levels also allows you to unlock various extra characters. Rather strangely, there is no save game function, but you instead have to write down passwords to be able to continue the game.
The game plays in the main from an isometric viewpoint, which isn't necessarily bad, but it makes controlling the character quite difficult. Indeed, controlling the entire game isn't the easiest, and it's disappointing that the game doesn't use the features of the Nintendo DS, such as the stylus or microphone. The whole game just looks as though it has been copied from another games console, with little thought to how it could be improved for the DS.
In terms of the difficulty level, the game is reasonably accessible for youngsters, but can be quite confusing as you play through the game, especially with the way that it jumps around the levels and themes. The clunky control system may also irritate children after a while.
The graphics and sound in the game are also really very poor, and add little atmosphere or game play. The graphics look like something out of a game from many years ago, and little thought or effort has been put into them. There are some sound effects, but not many, and they seem to be more of an after-thought than something designed to be an integral part of the game.
There is a multi player option so that you can play the game with three other players, and you only need one copy of the game, which is a positive. The multi player option is fun enough, but doesn't really add a great deal to the game. Basically the plot of this is that you carry a crown around and keep this as long as possible whilst your opponents try to take it from you.
The game is currently available, at the time of writing, for just four pounds on Amazon. If you're happy with a second hand copy of the game, these are available for just a couple of pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages, although it's questionable whether they'd actually want to play this.
Overall, this is a very poor game in my view. The password system is downright irritating, acceptable maybe on a PC game where you are likely to have pen and paper available, but it rather defeats the object of a portable console. Controlling the game is difficult, the graphics and sounds are poor, and little thought has really been into this. A totally wasted licence.
It's all madness with Animaniacs.
This game is a strategy sort of game. It does not use the stylus pen. I would say it was actauly the standard of a GBA game on DS.
The object of the game is to escape certain places, such as prisons, and rescue other characters aswel, you have to collect keys and use them to open doors and work out how to get to places.
In the first level you learn how to colect tomatoes and throw them, and get used to the controls and guiding your player.
Once escaped from the first level, you go to a techno place, and you have to use two characters to get through it, and it really tests your logical skills.
Multi player is great, you have to escape the flag, like being in a game of tag, trying not to fall in to the water or you get the flag back.
The game doesn't actually use the memory, you just colect passwords like old games.
The graphics are very good tho and show good detail in the game play.
I would give this game to 6 years +