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POSTED 5/11/14


THE MUPPETS MOVIE ADVENTURES

Disney/Sony



Here’s a Muppet News Flash. Dateline: Vita. A widespread outbreak of laryngitis has rendered the Muppets speechless. When asked for comment, Kermit the Frog stated, “                                     ”.

What’s one of the first things you expect from a licenced game nowadays, especially one aimed at kids? You expect the characters to come alive. To interact with the children. This usually involves them speaking.

Yet The Muppets Movie Adventures, while officially licenced and all (obviously), features no speech from any included  characters. Not a “YAY!” from Kermit, not a “Hi-YA!” from Miss Piggy, not a single “AAAAAAAAAAH” from our favourite, Animal, or a solitary “Me!” from Beaker. Even Camilla the Chicken doesn’t give a cluck!

It doesn’t bode well for what else is in store.

We have to write more, so we’ll tell you that five ‘movies’ – aka ‘levels’ - feature. One starring Kermit, one with Piggy, one with Animal, one with Gonzo and one with, erm, Kermit again. These variously plunder the likes of Donkey Kong Country, Express Raider, old school Castlevania, C64 classic Nebulus and more. But not well.

It goes without saying that there are plenty of collectibles, but we’ll say it anyway. There are plenty of collectibles. Many of these require a repeat run at the leve- oops, ‘movie’ - after extra abilities are unlocked. Yay indeed.

Meanwhile, Vita features occasionally feature, like screen stabs, touchpad wiggles and sliding about solving (appropriately – kids game, remember?) basic puzzles.

Sure proceedings look the part in a slightly shiny, robotic fashion, but finicky collision detection, annoying respawn points, and just, well, annoying annoyingness conspire to sully what’s already only a nominally Muppetational experience due to a lack of Muppety humour and those beloved fuzzy folk being completely and utterly mute.

Did somebody day “Bomb!”? Sadly this is more Moopets than Muppets. Just say mah-na mah-nah.

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