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got this for my birthday a few years ago, I had recieved a nintendo DS for christmas so afterwards all people ever bought me was DS games, this at the time was roughly £25 but you can pick it up for around £15 or less now. In the game you are the character "Remy" Remy is the main character (rat) in the film so it makes sence for the game to be about him too. GamePlay. The main objective of the game is for Remy to find food and to work his way through the levels to get to a new location. The food is simply floating or laying in different spots and you just have to go and collect it, it will be anything from cheese to vegetables, each location level is filled with things to climb up and over, electrical wires you need to miss out and steam you need to miss out other wise you lose life points, all around the game gold stars are dotted, once you collect a 100 of these gold stars it gives you another life and there are plenty of these so it is worth collecting them all as some of the levels you'll find are actually riddled with dangers you won't be able to avoid. The controls are very simple to use for this and a child of a younger age would be able to work it out no problem, you simple use the key pad to run forward, and any directions, and then have buttons that will jump, the R button lets Remy sniff and locate a hidden item that he will have to find as well. In some parts of the game you will have to use the stylis. There are two options when starting up the game, you can go on to play the levels, or you can go to work in the kitchen, I didnt udnerstand the kitchen bit at first, but simply you ahve to use the stylis to stur the pans and make sure they don't burn, once they're done you have to plate up lots of different meals and select the foods you want, then garnesh it, and then add the saurces, now this sounds really easy but you only have a certain amount of time to get this perfect and spot on. Graphics. The graphic son here are very simple yet affective, the game looks just like the film, but I found the background in the levels not having much detail at all and only had detail in the important parts. I don't mind this is so much because after all it is just a childrens game and they don't really care about graphics, the lack of detail didn't prove to be a problem throughout the game and there was no glitching so all was well. what did I think. Surprisingly my favorite part of the full game was working in the kitchen doing the cooking, it brings you excitment and but's pressure on you at the same time, especially when all your pans are burning at the same time and you need to save them quickly, it is very exciting and fulfilling when youf inally get 100% right, I found doing that helped with my hand coordination because you have to be really quick with one hand an the stylis. My favorite level on the full game, was the kitchen level too, where Remy, had to go in and collect all the food and all the gold stars, here there was many dangers such as people, fire, steam, spilages these we're all things that would harm Remy so you had to be careful, there was so many things to climb making it a challenge, it's more exciting when a game is challenging because it makes you feel great when you manage to complete it despite it being hard. All through the game characters pop up on each level telling you what you have to do, I haven't seen the filmso I'm unsure if they are actual quotes or if they was made purely for the game, but they are very helpful as it might say something like "quick Remy you need to escape out the rapid waters of the sewer and remember to pick that chicken up on the way" I can't remember exacty what it said but it would be something a long those lines. I found this a very good game to play and I spent around 6 hours over a few days playing this so that is a decent amount of time to play a game like this, I think that children would have no problem comleteing this at all and maybe just have a few hints from an adult or someone who has played this game. I also thinkt hat this has good replaying value, personally I wouldn't bother doing the kitchen option again because once you've done it, it won't be a challenge anymore but the levels I would deffinately do again and have done a few times anyway.
Ratatouille for the DS is a Disney Pixar game, and as such I was expecting Disney Pixar graphics. I was a bit disappointed from the start with this then! I have seen much worse DS games in my time, but I've also seen better. When we first switched this game on, we immediately noticed that Remy the rat was a bit blurry. This is partly because we played this on the DSi XL, which blows up DS games and makes them appear a little worse than they'd look on a standard DS, DS Lite or DSi. Anyway, we didn't let that put us off, and we got to work having a play. The grandson found it quite easy to move the character around the screen, and the goals were obvious and straightforward once I'd explained them to him. This is a game which involves some complicated instructions and some reading too, so it's suitable for youngsters but only if you're on hand to help them. I think some older players (aka big kids) might find this appealing for a little light-hearted entertainment actually, especially if they're a fan of the film. There are two ways to use the controls as well. You select whether you want to use the stylus or button controls before you begin the game, but I have to say I don't understand what the point of the stylus option is - you have to use a button with the stylus to perform each control. Hmm, perhaps it's just a gimmicky way to make use of the stylus? We've not used that method during game play anyway as it looked a bit fiddly, so it's the button control options we've experienced. We've found them fairly easy once we knew what we were doing, though initially it did take some practice for the grandson to get the hang of them. The game runs along the lines of the film, and Remy dashes around trying to find the ingredients he needs for his various recipes. It gets more challenging the further you progress through the game, and the grandson can't actually get past about the seventh or eight level without assistance to find things. There's also a cooking bit which I suppose is a bit like the rat version of cooking mama?! It's a fun addition to the game anyway, and it gives little kids something else to do if they get stuck playing the story mode. The only other thing worth mentioning I think is the sound quality, and I have to say I think that's rather good. The music is fun, upbeat and fluent and the sound effects are gentle but fun as well. All in all this is a middle of the road game which will either appeal to you or not. It's not the easiest game out there but it is fairly straightforward. There's writing involved so it's not one which very young kids can play unaided, and the graphics don't look good on the XL. But it is available quite cheaply (around £10 now) and it is rather good fun if you like this kind of thing.
I got this game for my DS as part of a combined package, which was great as it cost around £25 at the time! Whilst it is not the kind of game I would normally buy (I like puzzles and those brain training thingys) I reckoned I would give it a bash and if it was too 'young' or I didn't like it then I hadn't lost anything and could always flog it on ebay or swap it in one of the game shops for a different one. Well isn't it funny how first appearances can be deceiving? I can honestly say that this little game is rather addictive and really enjoyable. It has given me hours of entertainment, and the fact that when you are playing it, you are "Remy" (the little grey rat) is a huge added bonus as he is so cute and has lots of funny little antics! My favourite thing that remy can do is (I think you need to press the sorta hidden "R" button) point his little pink nose in the air and sniff enthusiastically. Once he has "sniffed out" what he is looking for (cakes, food etc) he turns in the direction of the hidden items and then you know which way to go in order to find those items, and subsequent points! As you may have guessed, the object of the game is for Remy (you) to find various items of food, or different places, as instructed at the start of each round. In comparison to a lot of other DS games, I felt that this one offered better value for money, because it takes longer to complete, in the sense that it has lots of different "rounds", and within each there are two or three separate challenges to be completed, before you can progress to the next "round". (Other DS games have been completed very quickly and easily in comparison to this one). Remy can do lots of different little tricks - like the sniffing one mentioned earlier. He is also good at jumping, and can run up walls, that type of thing. Another of my personal favourites, however, is the ability to run on a ball, and although this took a while to master and get the hang of it properly, it is worth exercising a bit of patience as this little trick will help Remy to knock through hidden compartments and find some more food and the like. Throughout each game, as well as looking for and collecting whatever he has been instructed to find, Remy can also collect golden stars. These are easy to spot and are plentiful in each game/round. The more stars that Remy can collect, the better, as when he reaches 100 he receives another life! (This comes in very hand towards the end of the game when the rounds are much harder to complete.) In some such rounds there are ropes and wires that Remy can grab hold of and climb up. This then enables him to get to higher levels and climb up walls and the like. Beware though! Some of the wires and cables have electric currents through them and if it hits poor Remy, he will get electrocuted and fall off! (Oops... thank goodness I collected all those gold stars in the last round). As well as the main game, which takes you from round to round, there is the option to play a "cooking game" (Remy is a trainee chef, remember). This is great fun and Remy has to also complete a few cooking challenges (rounds) throughout the main game, in order to complete that round. Remy has to perform a selection of tasks, such as preparing and chopping vegetables, garnishing dishes, adding ingredients to pots, and making soups. These tasks have to be done against the clock otherwise the food spoils and Remy has failed. Also, with the food that is cooking in the pots, he has to keep an eye on the temperature, blowing on the food (the mouthpiece of the DS) to cool it, if it is getting too hot. (This is a great interactive touch to the game). There is a story-telling element to the game too, in that different cast members pop up on the screen inbetween rounds/games to tell Remy what he needs to do next and that sort of thing. I haven't actually seen the film "Ratatouille" yet, so I can't comment on whether such happenings and stories appear in the actual film, or whether they are all just part of the game. The graphics in the game are really cleverly done - I think so anyway, and the game has a very "3D" feel about it, as you can turn Remy around and see different views. This game also has a lot of tasks that need to be completed using the DS Stylo as opposed to using the hand controls, although you use the buttons/controls to make him run, jump etc. All in all, I think this game offers enough to keep you occupied and I think it definitely offers value for money, compared to some of the DS games that are available. Even more experienced gamers would probably get something from this little rat and his antics, as some of the controls are a bit more complicated to master, although not so much that it would be TOO difficult for younger players. I'd definitely recommend it, it's cute, funny, entertaining and difficult enough to keep you engrossed and want to keep playing. The game is available from 0.99p on Ebay for a secondhand version, or on Amazon for £9.97, which I think is fantastic value for money!
Ratatouille offers a fresh and exciting take on the platform action genre. The game will engage players in deep, fluid, and fast gameplay through fun filled mini-games, daring heists, frenzied pursuits and wild chases. This game will provide constant fun and challenge.