Genre: Video GamesMini-games
Release Date: 07/10/2012
Platform(s): Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Windows
Online Enabled: No
ESRB Rating: E
ESRB Explanation: For (No Descriptors)
Price: 29.99 to $39.99
Common Sense Says: Amusing collection of mini-games for two-player fun.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know Ice Age: Continental Drift: Artic Games is a family-friendly collection of mini-games that stars the same animal characters as the films. One or two players engage in activities, as they compete to earn acorns and a high score. This E-rated game has some minor comic violence and mishaps (like ski crashes).
- Families can talk about the trend of accessible and social "party" games, where players stand and play in front of the TV in short competitions.
- Which of the mini-games did you like best and why?
What's the story?
Fans of the animated Ice Age films can now play around with their favorite prehistoric pals in ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT: ARCTIC GAMES, a multiplatform game starring Manny, Sid, Diego, and others. The story tells of a secret treasure that has fallen into the hands of the Ice Age crew, and so they decide to compete in a series of wacky winter sporting events to see who will keep the riches. Up to two players can try their skills at 10 mini-games, including hopping across icebergs, racing down mountains, firing "squirrel cannons," and more. Gamers can choose to play a Story mode, Free Play, or in a Tournament -- and compete for high score as well as gold, silver, and bronze acorn medals.
Is it any good?
Loosely based on the Ice Age: Continental Drift feature film, this collection of mini-games can be quite fun (and funny) when the two teams -- the Herds versus the Pirates -- challenge one another in these various games of skill. As you might expect, some of the games are better than others -- such as the downhill racing being more enjoyable than flinging Scrat's acorns at targets -- but kids and kids at heart should enjoy the familiar characters, easy-to-pick-up gameplay, and a nice selection of events to play (not to mention three different modes). The Nintendo Wii version of the game was tested for this review, but the Xbox 360 version, while the same, also requires the Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral to control the action with your body movements. The Nintendo DS is different from the console versions. Overall, fans of the film should enjoy these humorous and accessible family-friendly activities.
How to play
Playbility: These mini-games are very easy to play, if the Nintendo Wii version is any indication. Each player controls the character on their team to compete in the various winter events. The Xbox 360 version requires Kinect to play the game.
The Good Stuff
Messages: These mini-games are fun and silly at times, but their core focus is providing fun competitions between two players who represent rival teams in the game.
Role Models: Gamers can choose to play as familiar characters from the Ice Age films -- including Manny (a wooly mammoth), Sid (a sloth with lisp) and Diego (a sarcastic smilodon) -- and all of them are fairly good role models. While they sometimes bicker, they clearly care about each other's welfare.
Ease of play: These mini-games are very easy to play, if the Nintendo Wii version is any indication. Each player controls the character on their team to compete in the various winter events. The Xbox 360 version requires Kinect to play the game.
What to watch out for
Violence & scariness: There are some minor spills, such as crashing while racing down a mountain, and a few animated cutscenes show a little comic violence, but it's sparse and cartoony.
Sexy stuff: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: The game is coming out in time for Fox/Blue Sky's feature film -- a strategic move to boost sales, no doubt. Plus, the game box has a large sticker on it to promote the fact you get up to $10 off when you see the film.
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue