The Ice Age is ending and our subzero
heroes return in this action adventure video game set in a melting
paradise of water parks, geysers and tar pits. Manny the Mammoth,
Sid the Sloth and Diego the Sabre-Toothed Tiger are back and realize
that the melting glaciers will soon flood their valley. Fans will be
able to join their favourite characters from the film, along with
everyone's favourite sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat, and embark on a
mission across an increasingly dangerous landscape towards their
salvation from a huge glacial dam that is about to break,
threatening to flood the entire valley.
The Nintendo WII is definitely one of
the most revolutionary consoles that truly gives gamers a different
gaming experience with its wireless capabilities and remote control
designed controller. With that said, Development companies have also
jumped onboard creating new and unique games and Ice Age 2 the
Meltdown is no exception to the rule.
Although Ice Age 2 the Meltdown has
been out on other platforms for several months, the WII version
features sharper visuals and gameplay that is truly suited to the
console. Ice Age 2 the Meltdown follows the events of the film with
gamers controlling Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel.
The gameplay features your traditional
arcade action with the player controlling Scrat while interacting
with the gaming environment and characters from the movie such as
Manny and Diego. The gameplay is extremely reminiscent of the modern
day 3D arcade platformer such as Ratchet & Clank and Super Mario 64
by jumping, fighting and solving missions in order to face your
final challenge. Whether you're solving a mission for one of the
characters or figuring out how to access inaccessible areas, it's
all part of the fun of Ice Age 2 the Meltdown.
The control system of Ice Age 2 the Meltdown on the WII is perfect
and the developers have really mapped out the controls perfectly that
will allow the average younger gamer to pick this title up in no
time. With this in mind, basic movement is controlled by the WII's
nunchuck stick with the cameras being controlled by the WIImote. To
jump, the A button, to attack, the B button, to talk/interact the C
button and finally the Z button to change into first person view.
Where the game really comes into its own is when you are attacking
characters in the game such as moving the WIImote to the side in order
for Scrat to attack anyone foe that he faces. There are also a
variety of other attacks that you can perform such as ground stomps
and roll attacks. It should also be mentioned that as this title is
aimed at the younger gamer, the violence is quite minimal with no
characters dying, whether in the game or the making of the game.
Graphically, Ice Age 2 the Meltdown is slightly sharper than its
console cousins that is extremely reminiscent of the movie with
brilliant background environment and realistic characters that mimic
their movie counterparts. The game also runs in widescreen (keep it
up developers) and features a variety of entertaining clips from
As with the graphics, all the actors of
the movies have reprised their roles for that first class
professional voice acting experience starring Ray Romano (Manny),
John Leguizamo (Sid) and Denis Leary (Diego). Even the built-in
speaker of the WIImote is used for background ambience in the game.
Great sound effects across the board.
In conclusion, Ice Age 2 the Meltdown is a great addition to the WII
which most gamers will be able to finish in about 5 - 10 hours,
maybe a little longer for the younger gamer who will definitely play
this more than once. Great gameplay, great use of the WII system and
great graphics, definitely a title recommended for the kids! Check