Based on the animated film about a family of cave people dealing with their changing world, The Croods: Prehistoric Party! is a collection of 30 primitive-themed party games. Players can join Grug, Ugga, Eep, Thunk, Sandy, Gran, and Guy as they take on mini-games, collect eggs, meet strange creatures, and learn about technology while searching for a new home. There are two different game modes, with the Trailblazer mode offering a board game competition, and the Hunter and Gatherer mode letting users define their own time- or egg-based victory conditions. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
This compilation bundles together the first two titles in 5th Cell's groundbreaking puzzle series. Players can use their stylus, touch screen, and imagination to solve problems by conjuring up whatever animal, object, or vehicle they can in Scribblenauts, while Super Scribblenauts adds adjectives to the mix, allowing gamers to modify the appearance and behavior of their imagined items. There are more than 300 puzzles in all, and creative players can design their own original challenges. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Based on the animated film of the same name, Rise of the Guardians finds gamers joining mythical childhood figures as they fight to prevent the Boogeyman-like Pitch from cloaking the world in nightmares and darkness. Players take on the role of Jack Frost, North (Santa Claus), Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Tooth (Tooth Fairy), and Sandy (Sandman) as they battle nightmares through 3D levels based on locations in the film. Each character has unique abilities and weapons that can be upgraded as they defeat more difficult foes. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
The Cartoon Network's surreal series about the feats of a brave 14-year-old and his shape-shifting dog companion comes to gamers for the first time in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! As the title suggests, the story finds Finn and Jake on a quest to teach the Ice King a lesson for stealing their trash and constructing the Garbage Princess. The classically styled action adventure find players exploring the Land of Ooo by travelling across an overworld map, taking on side-scrolling levels, and engaging in some old-school dungeon crawling.
Featuring a story penned by series creator Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time send gamers to the Grass Lands, the Candy Kingdom, Red Rock Pass, and the Ice Kingdom, and puts them in contact with familiar characters like Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Tree Trunks, and Marceline. Players use their stylus and touch screen to help Finn unleash fist smashes and sword thrusts, while Jake's special powers can be used to turn him into a boat, a bridge, or a giant version of himself. There's plenty of treasure to collect along the way, and gamers can combine found food items and condiments to unlock new special powers. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Based on the titular animated series, Transformers Prime: The Game finds Optimus Prime, the Autobots, and their human friends Jack, Miko, and Raf teaming up to prevent Megatron and the Decepticons from using a mysterious power source to take over Earth. The story mode finds gamers using their stylus and touch screen to engage in brawler-style combat and fast-paced driving sequences, while multiplayer options include co-op action and competitive Brawl, Battle for Energon, and Emblem Match modes. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Kids and Family, Action & Adventure, Strategy & Sim
Mind Candy's friendly and colorful monsters return with more mini-games and puzzles in Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park. It seems the carefree Moshlings have managed to get lost in the Amusement Isle theme park, and it's up to players to track down the little beasts and help light up the park. There are 60 Moshlings to find in all, and gamers can unlock hints and tips as they take on nurture modes designed to ease younger user into the action, or challenge themselves with exploration puzzles and arcade-style mini-games. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue makes waves on Nintendo DS as a collection of more than 20 tropical-themed mini-games that make special use of the system's touch screen and microphone features. The goal is to save each member of the "tank gang" from a dentist's aquarium by completing character-based challenges aimed at younger fans of the feature film. Players will locate hidden sea creatures amidst a colorful reef, clean a shark's teeth, engage in 3D races, explore the ocean's mysteries with the "interactive reef" option, and even blow in the microphone to create bubbles.
This is a re-issue timed to coincide with the 3D re-release of the film Finding Nemo. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
Handheld gamers take control of Pixar's first female lead as she uses a sword and bow to battle through Scotland in Brave: The Video Game. The side-scrolling action finds the rebellious princess Merida on a quest to remove a curse that has turned her mother into a large bear. Along the way players use their stylus and touch screen to battle a variety of mythical woodland creatures, acquire more than a dozen different weapons and outfits, solve puzzles, and collect coins to purchase upgrades. In some levels other characters from the film chip in to help Merida save her mother. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
A Pokémon-flavored homage to the classic NES title Nobunaga's Revenge, Pokémon Conquest puts DS players in control of a young warlord and his linked Pokémon as they attempt to expand their kingdom by engaging in turn-based tactical combat. Gamers send their Pokémon into six-on-six battles, using their warriors' special abilities, and making sure to include a diverse group of characters to adjust to shifting battle conditions. Victories give players control of new castles, and unlock new warlords, new warriors, and new ways to train the nearly 200 included Pokémon. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Diner Dash meets Tapper, with an iCarly twist, as players join characters from Nickelodeon's hit show for wild time management action in iCarly: Groovy Foodie! When Sam gets into trouble at a hot dog stand, she and Carly are sentenced to serve 20 kinds of crazy customers wacky dishes, including spaghetti tacos, corn juice, and fladoodles. Five different Seattle locations find gamers interacting with familiar characters from the show, including Gibby, T-Bo, and Nevile Papperman, all while earning Bacon Bucks to purchase upgrades and specials abilities. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide