Space Chimps PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.5
Value 7.8
Distributor: Warner Bros
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
September 2008
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

7.8


Space Chimps

Space Chimps is the yet to be released CGI animated moved that stars a group of chimpanzees as they attempt to boldly go where no chimpanzee has gone before. Although the movie has met with some mixed criticism in the states, it is anticipated that this holiday movie will sit well with the intended audience of younger viewers and anything to do with cute CGI characters from movies generally always spawns a movie-based game. Space Chimps is no exception!

Features:

  • Alternate between playing Ham and Luna exchanging humorous banter between the two acrobatic chimps.
  • 13 levels including 3 bosses
  • Battle 2-player coop style or fight as 1-player with an advanced AI-controlled hero at your side.
  • More than 35 new enemies from the Fluvian world to challenge your combat skills!
  • Unlockable 2 multiplayer cooperative arenas utilizing the chimpball or traversing on the back of Fluvians.

Space Chimps on the PlayStation 2 is a 3D action platformer that is loosely based on the movie of the same where the player controls two Space Chimps called Ham and Luna. Each of the chimps have their own strengths and weaknesses as they interact with the gaming environment.

For instance, each has their own unique way of dispensing enemies and are both needed for certain aspects of the game in order to successfully complete the mission you are engaged in. The story also features a healthy dose of humour between our two heroes which will easily draw the gamer into this entertaining world.

The control system is rather well mapped on the PlayStation 2 DualShock controller without it being overtly complex and younger gamers will have no problems in picking up the controller and playing. Gameplay wise, the title is rather generic and does not offer the gaming industry new in terms of gameplay, however it is a sturdy 3D action platformer that has the player exploring, fighting and solving a variety of puzzles in the game.

The combat of Space Chimps is quite entertaining as you engage with a variety of different alien creatures with some challenging boss levels as you stomp on their heads or hit them into the atmosphere.

Graphically, the title is rather impressive on the PlayStation 2 and once again proves that this console still has a few more years left in it. The gaming environments, although they contain an "animated" feel is quite suited for the title and each character moves with a monkey-like grace without any jittering. The detail on the characters are good as are the environments and special effects that go hand-in-hand with the gameplay.

Musically, the the soundtrack has a nice ambient feel that doesn't interfere with the gameplay, although changes for certain "events" in the game. The sound effects have a real comedic and cartoon feel to which that matches the storyline and gameplay of the title.

In conclusion, Space Chimps may not be the most original game on the market but for a title based on a movie, the developers have done an exceptional job at recreating the franchise into the console world. Good gameplay, good graphics, the game is good in most aspects, however for the more mature gamer, they may find the title missing the mark but for the younger gamer, it may be just what they needed.






 
 



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