Ok, I have to be honest, reviewing a game based on an up-coming kids film was not high on my to do list. In fact, it never made it to my list. Add to this the unavoidable truth that you get to play the part of a Special Agent Guinea Pig and you donâ€™t have a game that on the surface screams, â€œYou need to play me.â€
Yes, I did say Guinea Pig.
If youâ€™ve never heard to G-Force, itâ€™s in cinemas this week, and if you have young kids, they will love you forever â€“ well, for a couple of hours anyway â€“ if you take them. Theyâ€™ll love you even more if on the way home you buy them the G-Force game, because by the way, itâ€™s actually rather good.Â
Yes, itâ€™s a kids game and yes, you play a Guinea Pig, but you also get to play a Fly whoâ€™s also a Special Agent. And you have heaps of neat gadgets and you get to fight off hordes of killer appliances. Ok, so now the games sounding wired. Time for a brief plot summery!
G-Force follows a team of highly specialised Guinea Pigs (along with a Fly and a Mole) who are humanities only hope when an incredibly wealthy techno-whiz madman turns all of earthâ€™s household appliances into killer robots. In the game, itâ€™s up to you to covertly infiltrate the baddies mansion, battle said appliances and complete a number of mission objectives that are constantly changing as thing go from bad to worse.
G-Force is an enjoyable romp, utilising a unique perspective of scale (you are a Guinea Pig in a human environment) and a combination of fast game play â€“ when fending of appliances â€“ and a mixture of stealth and puzzle solving.
Graphically impressive for a kidâ€™s title, youâ€™ll want to get the XBox 360 or PS3 version for the added feature of optional 3D game play. Included with the game are two old school red and green glasses along with an option to play the game in 3D. When I first heard of this feature, I immediately though of the cheesy 3D films that I grew up with. G-Force however exceeded my expectations, with a pleasant experience that landed somewhere between old school and the current generation â€“ I was fairly impressed.
Any hardcore gamer will breeze though the combat and various elements of G-Force, but thatâ€™s ok, because as much kids will tell you, itâ€™s a fun, challenging game that has kept them entertained for many hours so far, and will continue to do so for many more to come, especially when I let them break out the 3D glasses!
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Available on: XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, NDS, PSP