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Platform

Xbox 360

 

Genre

Action

 

Publisher

Ubisoft

 

Developer

Ubisoft Shanghai

 

ESRB

E (Everyone)

 

Released

September 18, 2009

 

 

- Big and bright makes it easy for kids to play

- Straightforward levels means never getting lost

- Co-op mode

 

 

- Pretty short

 

 

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Score: 8.0 / 10

 

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I've never been so physically mad at a game as I was with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was probably my favorite book as a child. In the book, the town of Chewandswallow where food inexplicably falls from the sky, restaurants have no roofs, pedestrians keep a knives and forks in their pockets just in case, and life is good. But then things go wrong. The town is sieged with ever increasing portions of food - a giant pancake covers the elementary school! - and a decision is made to abandon the town. The populace constructs boats out of massive slabs of stale bread, lashed together with peanut butter and sails made of pizza slices. There

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was a book sequel called "Pickles to Pittsburgh" but that didn't capture my imagination the same way Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs did.

 

For the game (and movie) the food falling from the sky is the result of an invention gone wrong. I have a problem with this. So rather than put myself through torture to see how they took a beloved piece of literature and

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turn it into pulp for this new generation, I turned it over to my kids.

 

This is the kind of game perfectly suited for kids. The graphics are big and bright, the levels are straightforward enough that there's never a situation where they'll get lost, and the co-op play means there's no shouting about "It's my turn!" as they clean-up the town with Cuisinart-esque implements, which are a lot of fun to use according my kids.
 

Maybe the only stumbling point for the kids is the lack of tutorial. The controls aren't terribly complex but it does mean a learning curve, though not as steep as something like G-Force, which felt a lot like a Gears of War clone for kids. My 10-year old described the game as "easy to control" but for the first couple of hours, my 7-year old was constantly asking for help (and I get to look like a video game god as I tromp everything).

 

I have to hand final say to the kids though because this is not a game aimed at my demographic.

 

"I would give this game an 8 because of the two-player mode and the great weapons." There you have it.

 

- Aaron Simmer

(December 8, 2009)

 

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