PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii, DS)
Looks like a certain bizarre-o Johnny Depp-voiced titular chameleon
has given up smoking since making his also titular animated movie.
Good effort man – it’s bloody hard.
Yep, the PC crowd wins again. We know kids can be monkey-see,
monkey-do, but when we’re talking a lizard that’s also shooting,
brawling and killing, there may be other things for our
self-appointed moral guardians to get flaptational about.
But, once again, we digress. If you’re wondering what the fuck a
‘Rango’ is, then you haven’t been paying attention. Chameleon,
voiced by Johnny Depp, animated movie... yeah? As a kiddie movie it
makes ace adult viewing, and is wonderfully whack-jobby. Think
Blazing Saddles meets any spaghetti western with a liberal
Looney Tunes injection.
But that’s not important right now. The game is though, insofar as
that’s what we’re supposed to be writing about. Face it, usually
movie tie-ins are crap. Rango aims higher, with an original
story set after that of the movie, wherein the citizens of Dirt (the
town, not the rally game – duh!) are holding out for a hero, Bonnie
Guess the genre and win a praise... yep, third-reptile adventuring
with running, jumping, shooting, punching, collecting and stuff.
You’re super-ace! However, there are some winning touches that
elevate Rango from bleah to yeah. Like mini-quests blended
into chapters as fun diversions. When you ride a roadrunner through
a level without carking it and nab a trophy named ‘Meep! Meep!’ you
know there’s some wonderful silly at play.
It’s short though, damned short – shorter than a midget Martin Short
impersonator even. Still, with kids today having attention spans
lik– ooh, pretty colours! Umm, Rango’s not long, but is a
better class of film tie-in and has the world’s first great taste of
fish. That’s gotta be good, left?