Ice Age 2 the Meltdown
Those whacky and loveable creatures from
the hit blockbuster Ice Age return on the PlayStation 2 in the movie of the
same name, Ice Age 2 the Meltdown. Unfortunately for our favourite
heroes, something is wrong in the ice age and when the glaciers start
melting, it's up to Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth, Diego and Sabre-toothed
tiger and Scrat the rat to save the world.
The storyline of Ice Age is nicely
progressed through snippets from the movie and some entertaining in-game cutscenes
that flawlessly flow with the gameplay but a word of warning, for those
gamers that don't want to spoil the movie, you might want to wait until
you've seen the motion picture before tackling the game.
Although the primary audience for this
title is children, the developers have ensured that the gameplay will
suite a wide variety of people, young and old alike. And although the
gameplay of Ice Age 2 is that of a traditional arcade/platformer game,
players can perform a variety of maneuvers and our favourite little rat,
Scrat, can not only do the usual moves but he can also swim, dig and even
sniff his way to victory.
The game revolves around a plethora of
different mini-games and sub quests that can all be solved through a
variety of pre-determined puzzles that will probably not give any
seasoned gamers any hassles but for the newbies, they may need to
download the walkthrough.
Graphically, Ice Age 2 is a visual treat on
the PlayStation 2 that features a plethora of special effects and
professionally recreated scenes from the movie to give this game a real
"cartoon" feeling. Apart from the colourful background environments, Ice
Age 2 also features some great character design and one could almost be
forgiven in thinking that they are watching the actual movie.
As with the graphics, the sound effects,
voice acting and soundtrack have been taken directly from the movie and
to make things even more interesting, some of the stars from the movie
have been hired to reenact their characters to include greats such as
Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and even Denis Leary.
In conclusion, Ice Age 2 the Meltdown makes
the perfect transition from the big screen to the PlayStation 2 that
kids of all ages will simply adore. As they say in the classics, if it
ain't broke, don't fix and the traditional arcade formula behind this
title makes this game one interesting title, both through gameplay and