Ratatouille on the Wii
It took us a while to catch up with the excitement of games machines like the Wii, though a year ago we finally gave in and bought one, especially as our daughter has now got to the age where she loves all things electronic. We try to limit her time on such things as she is only five, though there is no keeping her away from games consoles in this day and age. What happened to good old fashioned hide and seek and conkers?!
One of our most recent buys for the Wii is Ratatouille, though it is not an overly new game, having come out back in 2007. It is a favourite of my daughters in regards to the DVD so she was extremely happy to have us present this to her as a reward for finally getting through the night dry! It took all of five minutes before the Wii was set up and my daughter was learning the controls (faster than me!).
WELCOME TO RAT-A-TOO-EE
Ratatouille follows the story of a cute little rat called Remy who has dreams of becoming a top chef, believing the mantra of the legendary cook Gusteau that everyone can cook. Through the guidance of the spirit of Gusteau (though he is not seen in the game), Remy makes his way to a restaurant that is slowly going out of business, and with the help of his new human friend Linguini, Remy begins cooking for the restaurant.
This game follows the story reasonably well, though there is quite a bit left out, providing a much shorter game than what I was expecting. The humour of the typical Pixar movie is still very present in this game, and through game play and scenes which pop up throughout, it is a very exciting game for both children and adults alike.
The game is advertised as a two player game, though do not be mislead. The main game is a single player game with extras being unlocked as you go along enabling some mini-game multiplayer fun. This multiplayer option takes a while to discover and unlock and is not overly straight forward. You will also need codes to unlock portions of the multiplayer. I am afraid that my daughter was too impatient after trying for so long to figure out the codes in the game, even after she completed the whole of the main game, that we did cheat a little and looked the codes up online. Even then, it took a few tries to figure out how to actually put them in! Maybe it is just me. It is possible that I overlooked something incredibly obvious, though my daughter tends to see things I don't, even at her age, and even she did not stumble on anything that would help us!
With that little niggle out of the way, and let me just say, that is the main negative feature of the game, let me take you further into the world of the chef rat!
Before you begin the game, you will need to make sure that you have a nun-chuck as game play can not go ahead without this. Both the nun-chuck and the remote are used in the controlling of the characters in the game (mainly Remy) and are reasonably simple to learn. My five year old daughter picked these up extremely quickly, though to help you out, the first time you come across certain actions, there is a helpful hint that pops up on the screen as well as a couple of scenes at the beginning of the game to walk you through the controls. This tutorial can be replayed as many times as you wish after you pass the first level.
You are able to create a number of different profiles on the welcome screen and your game is saved automatically at various points through the game. You do have a number of lives per save point which is shown by the cheese circle in the top corner. You are able to collect cheese in many different points through the game which helps you progress from one save point to another easier and quicker.
The game play is very simple to master, though it does have its harder points where even I struggled. In the main, my daughter was able to work out what she had to do and had a lot of fun doing it, though at certain points, I had to help her out a little as a few points did seem almost impossible for a while! It was not the instructions, though more the level of difficulty in certain scenes which only provides more entertainment and a much more fulfilling experience.
The game play runs through the basic story of the film and adds some extra scenes in which provide even more fun. Each scene is humorous and exciting and most are very unique from one another, though you do get a few scenes which repeat a number of times with only slight differences. These are a little annoying as you want fresh new ideas rather than recycled ones, though I am looking at that from an adult perspective rather than that of a child, and as this is rated U, the thoughts of a child is what matters, and my daughter certainly did not mind. Scenes range from sliding down a broken pipe (possibly the hardest of them all!) to helping the human cook and decorate cakes, helping rats escape to avoiding dogs and breaking rat traps. Each scene has one or many different missions which you can remind yourself of by accessing the menu screen in-game.
As well as the main part of the game play, you will find many different mini-game chances within the game, both as part of the main story and separate to it. The separate mini-games have to be unlocked in general, and to do this you have to collect a certain amount of different items. These mini-games are all really fun and in my opinion, almost better than the main game itself! All these mini-games can also be unlocked to play a single games in the extras potion of the disc, and a few are also under the multiplayer category.
Another aspect my daughter found fun is to 'decorate' the rats home in the sewers. This is done by earning points and purchasing items in the shop. There is not a whole host of items to play with, though enough to keep my daughter entertained.
The game play is not actually that long. My daughter took around five hours on and off (the games are timed!) with my help, though I also played on my own profile and took only a couple of hours to complete the game.
There are a number of different extras which are found under the heading of Gusteau's shop, some of which I have already mentioned. These are unlocked by earning points through the main game play and can be 'bought' at various times once you have earned enough. You can also unlock these via codes which we actually found easier with certain parts.
The extras include;
Single player mini-games
Here you can replay the dreamworlds mini-games (only if you have completed them in the main game), play timed cooking games and try for your best scores on the sliding games.
With up to two players, you are able to access a number of mini-games and go head-to-head to see who is the best! Mini-games include rat races, Last rat standing, Tight rope games and closet collecting.
This is a multiplayer option, though players take it in turns to get the highest score. Here you can play against up to three opponents on a variety of different levels which all need to be unlocked. Players use one remote and nun-chuck in eight different cooking mini-games, four different slide games, a number of dream world timed games and basically challenge one another to all the other mini-games found within the main game.
I feel that out of all the extra categories, the championship mode is the best with more variety, though my daughter loves the multiplayer option as she loves playing against me (and winning!) at the same time.
The graphics of this game are fantastic. I would not say that they are the best I have ever seen, though for a game of this nature, they are top rate. You are able to configure the display settings between 60Hz (480i) mode and EDTV / HDTV (480p) mode.
This game has fast become a firm favourite of my daughters. She has completed the main game, though has started it all over again on a different profile, enabling her to replay the main game as well as play all the unlocked items. She has not tired of playing this game at the moment and she has played it over and over again. I also really love this game, though from an adult perspective, once the main game is out of the way, the rest offer no real extra excitement unless playing with your child.
The game play is exciting and inventive and provides a whole host of fun for all ages. The game is very short which is a little disappointing, though perfect for young children.
Amazon have this game for £12.98 which I think is very overpriced for a game which has been out for a few years now. There are a number of used games from as little as £1.50 on Amazon also which is a much fairer price. We picked this up in the CEX shop for £4 which, in my opinion, is a great price for a game that entertains my daughter for great lengths of time.
If you have seen the movie you will know the storyline. For those of you who haven't, a brief summary: Remy the rat loves fine food and dreams of becoming a top chef but of course he is just a rat. When he ends up in the sewers beneath a top Parisian restaurant (Gusteau's) and watches Linguini (a kitchen boy) struggle with his culinary skills he steps in to help and they then work together to create masterpieices in the kitchen despite many obstacles being put in their way (the least of which being Skinner, one of the cooks who hates and chases rats).
The game itself is separated into six different worlds and there are mini missions to complete in each one. Once you complete a section of the game you earn Gusteau Points that you can then spend in Gusteau's Shop. Here you can unlock secrets, movies, bonus and concept art, new levels and single player and multi-player mini-games. There is also a Championship Mode whereby you can compete against up to three players and play through various levels and have your scores saved to see who the ultimate Champion is.
My six year old son loved playing this game although there were some particularly tricky bits where adults may have to help but my husband and I quite enjoyed playing it too. However, depending on age, you can select the difficulty level ranging from Very Easy to Nightmare so you can suit the game play for whoever is playing and Remy also has 'Scent Vision' which can help highlight the way you need to go throughout the game to be able to complete your mission. There is some mild violence (I didn't particuarly like the part where you have to whack the chicks and occasionally other critters with a wooden spoon (my son, bless him wouldn't do it) and I had to take over at that point.
The graphics are great and the Dream Worlds that pop up throughout story mode (and again in the mini games) are brilliant, being worlds made up of for example of giant fruits, cheeses or breads where you need to navigate your way through to obtain stars and points and to progress on.
If your children enjoyed the film they will definitely enjoying playing this game.
Thanks for reading. x
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When we purchased our Wii a couple of years ago this was one of the games that came in the bundle we had to buy. We played it a lot but when newer games came along it got relegated to the back of the drawer. However a couple of weeks ago my son pulled it out and we have been playing it again. It now seems to be available at about £15 on Amazon although I think I have also seen it in the multibuy offers in Game as well.
Anyone who has seen the film will remember the slightly bizarre storyline. Remy, who is not your common or garden rat, has a preference for fine food rather than leftovers and rubbish. He dreams of becoming a Chef and due to a family disaster he eventually finds himself alone in the sewers of Paris. Making his way above ground he befriends a useless kitchen lad called Linguini and then his adventures really begin.
---Who Is It aimed at?---
This game is primarily aimed at children and it has a U rating. I certainly found it very inoffensive and my son was 10 when he first played it. He certainly got the hang of the controls very easily and he had no trouble at all with the game play. I am an adult who finds most action games difficult to manage so I actually enjoyed playing this. As someone who does not consider herself a gamer I found some parts quite challenging and certainly spent a lot of time shouting at the screen before giving up and getting one of my children to finish whatever challenge had stumped me! The game requires the nunchuck to be connected all the time. The graphics are perfectly acceptable for this sort of game. They are not as brilliant as some other games I have seen, such as Tomb Raider, but they are colourful and clear and easy to watch.
---Playing The Game---
On opening the game you are able to fill up to three profile slots and name them. This is great when there are several people in a family who want to play the same game. You are then given four categories: Play Game, Options, Extras and Replay tutorial.
Selecting Play Game leads you on to the tutorial level. I think that this is excellent. It is very clear and you are taking through each control really clearly. Children will have no trouble following the instructions as you teach Remy to walk, run, jump and climb. You then move on to him handling basic objects. The controls are very easy and I found them quite intuitive and responsive. Neither of my children had any trouble with them either. Although the game play is quite linear it is still sometimes easy to get disorientated and lost so you are introduced to Remys ability to "sniff out" his trail which means that you get shown a blue trail to follow if you request it. This becomes more useful as the game progresses. Once you have guided Remy safely though the French countryside your tutorial finishes and you find yourself paddling down a drain, heading for the sewers.
Remy arrives in the central hub of the game which is entitled "Home Stink Home". There are challenges to complete here but this also acts as the access points to the other levels. Some levels are blocked until you have completed certain parts of the game but there are a couple that can be found straight away. Following tunnels from the central sewer leads to these levels.
Each level has stars to collect as you work your way through it. The levels require a certain amount of thought to reach all of the stars and sometimes a certain amount of dexterity too. Remy also has to dodge his enemies whilst completing the challenges. There are also other objects for him to collect such as darts which will produce a darts game in the home area after he collects them all. I usually find that I run around each level for a while collecting starts and then have to resort to the "sniffing" technique to find out what I should actually be doing to complete the level.
Sometimes you will be introduced to a new skill for Remy such as the tail-swipe but these are introduced clearly and are great fun. If an object can be interacted with it tends to glow and is marked with a B so you shouldn't miss it. Mini-games are also highlighted in the area by a blue glow that looks like a blue spotlight.
Upon completing a level your statistics are shown and you can replay it immediately or you can re-enter the level later if you want to complete all of the challenges. The levels are set in various locations such as the kitchens, the market and the streets of Paris.
Completing the game actually took each of us quite a long time. Some levels have to be entered several times as there will be different things to complete. This was certainly a game that gave many hours play to each of us as well as the extra play from minigames and extra levels.
As I mentioned each level has mini-games, these take three basic forms:
Dream Worlds- here you have to run and jump through a bizarre floating dreamscape. You collect stars as you go through to help your points total. These get gradually more difficult as you play them and I must admit I am not very good at speed games so it is not usually long before I fall off the hotdog or trifle that I should be jumping around on.
Cooking Stations- these usually consist of having to follow ingredient instructions to make a dish in a certain amount of time. There is usually movement of the controller in a particular way that is required. I like doing these although it sometimes takes a few goes to work out the movement necessary.
Slides- Remy is racing down fast slides whilst you have to steer him to collect stars. I am useless at these so often I have to hand the controls over to the children to complete them for me. I just do not seem to be able to co-ordinate myself!
After the mini-game has been played in a level it is available in the Extras menu to play again to improve your score or time.
I mentioned collecting stars, these give points that you are able to spend in Gusteaus shop. The shop is entered through the Extras menu. Here you are able to buy secrets, new game modes and movie clips. To be honest I tend to forget that this even exists but my children have happily purchased movie clips and some secrets. I think one had something to do with Remy jumping a bout a lot which seemed a bit strange. You are also able to purchase multiplayer modes and championship modes. I have not tried any of these as I know that I will lose!
On the whole I think that this is a good game for children and for adults like me who can't cope with rapid game play and also who hate violent games, the most aggressive you get in this is to tail-swipe the cockroaches. It is straightforward and easy to control. As I said previously my son was 10 when he first played this and he never had a problem with it, I imagine children of 7 or 8 would probably follow it easily. What seems ridiculous to me is that you can change the difficulty level but you can only set it at "very easy" after you have earned that reward, surely if a young child is playing it for the first time that is the level you would want, the only way to access it is if the parent plays first to earn it! There is certainly lots of game play and although I found the mini-games repetitive my children enjoyed them. Some of the levels are quite long but it is possible to save although it can be difficult to remember where you have been when you go back in so you may find yourself going over old ground but that usually only takes a few minutes. If you can get this at a good price then your children will thank you for it.
If you have seen the film, which I have, you will know that this is a bit (understatement) of a silly story line.
Long story short a Rat only likes top notch food. He is a chef but can't work anywhere. He finds a boy who can't cook working in the best restaurant in France and controls what he does. They become famous and the evil food critic loves the rat's ratatouille. The End. I must say I didn't find the film that great but the game wasn't bad.
Remy, the rat, doesn't like the fact that rats have to eat garbage and doesn't understand why the rest of his community, if you like, eats rubbish.
A platform game that can be quite fun, but is easy to get bored of. It isn't a great adventure game with violence etc. Adults tend not to play silly games (if any) and it doesn't give you pleasure to finish it.
This game isn't bad as such and has quite a few good things to it. Such as the mini-games.
For some kid who doesn't really care the fact it's graphics are pretty terrible and is a simple and standard platformer, I think this might be off putting to most any "gamer".
I personally prefer free roamers and this is so restricted and linear that roaming will only get you a few bonus things.
You can jump, swing and slide etc. getting to various platforms, ledges and tightropes that will get you to areas that hold certain items.By bringing these back to other characters, or using them on other specific objects you can unlock other objectives.
There are some cooking mini games. But after playing a few you realise they are all fairly similar if not the same.
A good thing about this is as it is a fairly childish game it is also multi player and can be quite enjoyable racing and collecting things.
Thankfully it is on wii and therefore you can swing the remote and hit people or aim at things and this makes the whole thing more interactive and fun.
All in all Not a great game, but after all it only costs a tenner.
This game is fantastic much better than I thought. there is lots of mini games throughout the game and things invlove swimming around, sliding down the kitchen units and all different aspects from the film. You go round collecting points and can then progress to other mini games within the game. The character you are is remy who is struggling in life and wants to become a chef. the graphics are really god on this game and do it justice its just like being a part of the filk. If you enjoyed the film this game is a must as really invloves you and is funny and silly. Again my children loved this game and played on this for a long time, there are a lot of levels and the ability to do different things with the remote makes the game more varied. I would recommend this game even if its just renting it first.
I Bought Ratatouille Today (As My Sister Was Buying Me A Game).I Came Across Ratatouille And I Thought (This Aint The Game For Me)Cut The Long Story Short, I Bought ItAnd.... I LOVE IT!!!!! It Is So AddictingMe And My Sister Found It Really Fun In All Fairness To The Makers Of Ratatouille Game, They Have Done A OUTSTANDING Job!!!!:')
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.