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POSTED 6/12/11


HAPPY FEET TWO: THE VIDEOGAME

WB Games
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, 3DS)

Ah, penguins. Theyíre cute, theyíve built-in tuxedoes (even the gals Ė hello Marlene Dietrich action), theyíre aerodynamically impaired but they be utterly wicked-skillzeded on the dancefloor.

Well, the last oneís what the movie Happy Feet told us. We never actually witnessed the fluffy wee dudes and dudettes getting down all Travolta-like at Phillip Island as munchkins.

Anyhoo, this apparent pengie-penchant for rhythm is the key ingredient in this tie-in with the sequel thatís due to waddly-plop into cinemas anytime now.

So, Mumble (a penguin that sounds like Elijah Wood) has grown up and had a sprog of his own. He and pal Ramon (a penguin that sounds like Robin Williams) pengie-schlep off searching for young Erik after heís embarrassed by his unco-ness in a sea of, erm, co-ness (fuck peer pressure sucks) and does a bunk. Plus thereís something about global warming intermingled, but itís as clear as chunky custard.

Cue a co-op pengie-platformer where you lollop or dance about collecting musical notes that power-up whichever alarmingly funky choon is happening, solving simple pengie-puzzles, recruiting other pengies to your pengie-dance crew, avoiding angry birds Ė or going the pengie-punch-out on them - in search of your transient pengie-offspring. These bits are broken-up occasionally by Patapon-esque boss battles and race interludes which are basically pengie-luges.

So, think sorta interactive, pengie-esque Step Up, Stomp the Yard or You Got Served.

Being a movie tie-in itís hyper-pengie-cack, right? Actually no, itís actually kinda fun actually, in a not-too-taxing, donít-the-kids-love-it way. Which is apt, as itís a game for kids, not jaded 30-something gamer hacks. Although proceedings are sullied by regular glitches whereby things freeze ever-so-briefly, which is hardly ideal for a game demanding rhythmic rigidity. Weíll assume that thisíll be patched soon, right Mr Warner?

Still, it could be worse. Just be glad your wife didnít leave you for an albatross...

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