Phineas And Ferb (DS)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Friday, February 27, 2009

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 7.00
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 4.00
Gamelength: 5.50

Disney’s “Phineas And Ferb” for the Nintendo DS is a very nice handheld gaming adaptation of the popular TV series.

For as long as I can remember, Disney has been pumping out both movies and television series that appeal to people of all ages. From dark and gloomy to happy and kiddy, they’ve done it all and I’ve yet to see them fail on that front. They’ve made plenty of bad games with a few good games here and there, but that begs the usual question: Is this latest handheld adaptation of a famous TV series another throwaway title or is it actually a good game? That’s what we’re here to find out, so let’s go join the crazy step-brothers for some adventure in “Phineas And Ferb” for the Nintendo DS.

For a Nintendo DS game, the graphics are absolutely stellar. I never expected the game to look this fantastic. It looks just like the cartoon, aside from a small case of the jaggies here and there. Honestly, this game looks just like the cartoon or at least as good as you could make a game look on a Nintendo DS. Go look up a picture of the TV show and you’ll have a good idea as to what this game looks like.

Sound is a bit disappointing here, with very little voice acting and overused sound loops all over the place. It’s not enough to completely destroy the experience, but it’s surely a let down for fans of the TV series. After all, don’t the fans want to hear the voices of their favorite characters? I know I would. The overused music isn’t as bad as the lack of completely voiced scripts, but it gets to be a bit of a nuisance when you hear the same exact songs repeated without much variation.

This game is kind of like a hybrid of the adventure and platforming genres. On one hand, you’ll be exploring, collecting stuff and figuring out how to get to the next area, but on the other hand, there’s a good bit of platforming and a decent selection of mini-games incorporated throughout the various levels. The main objective of the game is to collect stuff that ultimately leads to the construction of a finished contraption of some sort, such as the roller coaster. During these scavenger hunts, you can be caught and tattled on by Phineas and Ferb’s older sister, Candace. The bar at the top of the screen represents her anger and if it fills up, you have to play a game very, very similar to “Pac-Man” in order to get away and lower her anger meter. There are several things that can be used to avoid Candace, but she’s not much of a problem to be completely honest. When your contraptions are completed at the end of each episode, a nice minigame ensues, such as the roller coaster race. These minigames are fairly enjoyable and while they don’t break the mold that’s been set by other games, there’s a good amount of fun to be had here, even for people who have no clue what this show is. The controls are very simple and are standard fare for the Nintendo DS. You’ll use the stylus and other buttons to do various things in a very fluid mashup of control schemes. It’s a very short game with very little replayability for the mature gamer, but children are sure to love this game for quite some time. At the standard $29.99 MSRP, several hours of gameplay and spot-on graphics, it’s well-worth the purchase for the fans.

Overall, Disney did a great job with this game. It’s a rock solid title, even if a bit generic in some respects. Kudos to Disney for turning something like this into a very playable game!

-Top-notch visuals.
-Very simple controls.
-Easy to play for gamers of all ages.
-Entertaining story and scripts.
-Minigames are entertaining.

-Repetitive music.
-Not very many voice clips.
-Very short game.
-Replayability is lacking.

Bottom Line:
If you’re a fan of the TV show, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll like this game, but other people might want to check the game out by way of rental or borrow before taking the dive.

Overall Rating: 7.00

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