HAPPY FEET TWO: THE VIDEOGAME
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, 3DS)
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...