Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
Disney have released an interesting
point & click adventure game for kids, entitled Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
which has been successfully transferred to the Nintendo DS from the highly popular social networking/gaming site. By donning
your spy clothes, young gamers are transformed into a covert agent in the Elite
Penguin Force where you need solve a variety of missions with some
really cool "spy" technology and best of all, through the unique
controls of the DS.
At it's core, Elite
Penguin Force is an adventure game mystery that revolves around an island
where players must solve a variety of puzzles for the characters of this
island and engage in a variety of different mini-games from
puzzles to arcade style of games. The adventure game aspect is from the point and
click genre as you attempt to solve the puzzles and mysteries. Whether it's
helping people find items or defeating puffles, Elite Penguin Force is
extremely diverse. The difficulty level of the title is rather basic,
however at times some younger gamers may encounter a few problems of
The player also encounters a variety of
characters in the game where you need to them them out in the 13 or so
missions that are included in the game. Thankfully the story is
entertaining and Disney have incorporated some interesting and amusing
humour into the tale, ensuring gamers will be drawn in.
Although the main adventure game is decent, where the title does shine
is through the mini-games such as Snowboarding which is actually quite
fun and my nephew really enjoyed this mini-game. Very cool! There's also a fishing
game which uses the touch screen of the DS as players attempt to "fish"
and a plethora of others to help break up the title.
If you finish the mini-game, players are awarded coins which can be
used to purchase additional costumes for your penguin and this can even
be used online.
In terms of online play,
Disney have a secure online community which can be accessed via the PC
or the Nintendo DS and is great for kids to chat with other fans of Club
Penguin. As mentioned, the coins made on the DS game can even be used online which
really creates a sense of community.
Graphically, the title
is a little Spartan, however it's quite colourful and contains a great
boppy soundtrack with the odd sound effects thrown in for good measure.
Younger kids will enjoy the simple cartoon-esq graphics which this title
is aimed at.
In conclusion, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force won't win any awards
for the outstanding adventure game genre, however it's refreshing to see
a developer make a decent game for the younger gamer without the need
for violence. There's something uniquely interesting about Club Penguin:
Elite Penguin Force.