One of the main targets of gaming in general is aimed toward the younger crowd. So it’s no wonder why THQ teamed up with Nickelodeon to bring a game about one of its hit series Rocket Power to the PS2, with Rocket Power: Beach Bandits.
If you are not familiar with the Rocket Power series, to sum it up to you in a few words, it’s a cartoon about four kids who are all about extreme sports. So with that being said this is a game designed for the kids, but don’t get me wrong some adults can have fun on parts of the game as well.
The game is really broken up into two separate parts. In most of the game you will be following the arrow and solving puzzles, but there is another part of the game where you get to take on the world of extreme sports. The only problem with that is that neither one of these parts are much fun.
For a game aimed at younger gamers, Rocket Power can be quite challenging. There are some parts of the game that manages to leave me stumped, which will surely frustrate its target audience. So parents beware - you will have to help a younger child throughout the game. Puzzles are a mixed bag really, with some are fun, while other leave you wondering why they’ve been included in the game. After you complete the various puzzles a cutscene will pop up and you will learn about what your next adventure shall be.
During the puzzles comes times when you can do the extreme sports parts of the game. If your kids have played any of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, then there is really nothing fun about this at all. One of the first things you do in the game is ride a half pipe, and let me tell you this is not as easy as it looks. The controls are very hard to get used to, and at times the game felt a little to easy. With that being said there is still a lot of the other sports that can be a lot of fun, and should catch a few avid Rocket Power viewer happy.
There is quite a bit of voice acting involved in the game, and for the most part they do a pretty good job. The sound effects are also pretty good, although you don’t get to hear them very often.
The graphics of Rocket Power are adequate, to say the least. They aren’t as flashy as other titles, but they get the job done. I’m impressed by the way the characters themselves look – almost exactly like their TV series counterparts. No doubt this will please fans of the cartoon series.
All is not well in the land of Rocket Power however, as there are some major camera issues when you are playing some of the extreme sports. The camera placement goes haywire on some stage, which annoys me a lot, and caused more than my fair share of headaches.
Rocket Power could be fun if you really let it, but for a lot of people this is really going to be quite hard. There are so many games out there that do a better job of creating a fun extreme sports game. The only thing remotely fun about the game is that you get to play as the Rocket Power characters, and there are a few decent puzzles.
There really isn’t much to the game, to make it very worthwhile. There are a lot of different mini games throughout the game that don’t amount to much at all. If your child loves the Rocket Power series then this may be a good holiday present, otherwise we recommend that you look somewhere else.
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