The Up is a Nintendo Wii game that falls under the Adventure genre and it was released on the 26th May, 2009 by its publisher, THQ. The game is rated as E (Everyone) which means that it may contain minimal violence, some comic mischief or mild language, and it is suitable for players who are more than 10 years old by ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), while the game’s developer is THQ’s Heavy Iron Studios who has the experience of developing other Disney Pixar’s series like Ratatouille and Wall-E. The game offer players to experience an exotic adventure of Carl Fredricksen (who at the age of 78 dreaming of exploring the world), along with his young sidekick, the persistent 8-year old Junior wide-eyed wilderness explorer named Russell, in their journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America, exploring new environments through treacherous jungle terrains, battling dangerous creatures, plus trekking the slippery slopes of the Amazonian Tepuis. The main characters of the game are taken from the Disney and Pixar movie release of the same name which includes Carl, Russell, Dug the lovable and endearingly eager-to-please talking dog or Kevin the prehistoric bird (13-foot-tall flightless bird is hidden from the world in its remote Paradise Falls habitat). The four of them must work together in navigating their way through all the missions and avoid being captured. Each of the characters has special abilities to overcome every obstacle they encountered in the likes of rock formations, dizzying heights, raging rivers and weather challenges.
The game started off in the middle of an action packed biplane fight where you will be playing the role as Dug the dog that tries to shoot down the other dogs. After finishing with this short mini-game, you will play as Carl and Russell where they starts their journey trekking across the jungle floor in a semi puzzle/platformer, facing dangerous animals and perform cool tricks. Throughout the game, both of them work together to overcome obstacles. The game play was designed with cooperative dynamic and simplicity, even parent can play this game together with his or her children. You can explore up to 11 levels across six environments in the game that features jungles, caves, rock formations, Paradise Falls and Muntz’s blimp, while avoiding dangerous plants and animals along the journey. You will also be able to use each of the character unique moves, Wii motion-sensing controls and tutorial system in each level. During the game, Carl and Russell will spend most of their time in Carl’s floating house, plod across the terrain, needs to cooperate together in every task in order to advance to the next level. If a player wants to play in a single player mode, changing between characters can be done by just pressing a button, thus enabling the AI-controlled partner to only follow you around. Some of the weapons used to handle attacks from enemies include the high-pitched whine of Carl’s hearing aid, Russell’s virtuoso bugle playing, or doing a blocking when under attack. In addition, there are also a few boss battles against large jungle creatures like Crocodiles, Anacondas, Jaguars, and battle the villainous Muntz in the final level, plus they need to find some useful weapons within the environment to be used against them. In addition, you will have to search and collect rare bugs, merit badges, and lost items from Carl’s house and Ellie’s adventure book in order to unlock cheats, bonus content, and bonus movies.
Apart from playing as a single-player or using the 2 player co-operative mode throughout the game, the Up Wii game also support multi-player game modes (Dog Fight mode) which can accommodate up to four players simultaneously, plus a local split-screen function. There are also three game modes that provide players to be engaged in a shoot out against each other, race to shoot balloons from the sky, or forming a team to try and defeat the opposing team’s huge dirigible. All of this battle enable players to experience the relatively fast pace aerial combat that the game provides. The cast members from the original film reprising their characters role in this game by providing their voice, thus giving players the opportunity to relive some of the highlights from the movie release, plus the developer also add in some humorous dialogue specifically designed by the developer for the game.
Posted in: Nintendo Wii Games, ReviewsPublished: 06 August 2009 6:56 AM UTC