Phineas and Ferb

Common Sense Media says

Game based on Disney show is fun and creative.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The two brothers who star in the game are good kids. They work to make various amusement park rides while avoiding their annoying, tattletale sister. Their pet, Perry, has a mission of his own that involves short circuiting a dastardly invention created by the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz.

Violence & scariness
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Consumerism

This game helps promote the TV show upon which it is based.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the Disney Channel TV show with which it shares its name, and playing the game will almost certainly make kids want to seek out and watch the program. There is virtually no violence, as play revolves around a pair of brothers who explore their neighborhood to find parts to build and upgrade vehicles and create tracks upon which to ride them. They're often chased by their older sister, Candace, who wants to tell their mother what they've been up to.

 

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What's it about?

Sprung from the Disney Channel's Emmy-nominated cartoon for gradeschoolers, PHINEAS AND FERB follows the adventures of a pair of brothers as they try to spice up their summer holidays by building their own amusement park rides out of discarded items lying around their neighborhood. Much of the game sees them exploring backyards and streets, looking for things like screws and old motors while avoiding their mean older sister, Candace, whose sole mission seems to be to haul her siblings before their mother. Once they've collected enough items, the game switches to creation mode, where they assemble the bits and bobs they've found into vehicles and courses, which they then get to ride.

Is it any good?

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With virtually nothing in the way of violence, Phineas and Ferb is fine entertainment for elementary school kids. What's more, it makes creative use of the DS' touch screen. The neighborhood adventuring involves stroking and tapping the screen in a variety of intuitive ways to search for items and navigate obstacles, and vehicle parts are assembled by spinning them around with the stylus until their jagged edges fit together like puzzle pieces. There's also a nifty mechanic that involves one brother jumping on the other's shoulders, which lets them hide from their sister and interact with objects that are otherwise out of reach.

The rides players spend so much time striving to build, are, rather anticlimactically, the weakest part of the game. The controls are stiff and the objectives provided while riding -- such as leaping over paint cans and collecting items -- are simple relative to the rest of the game. Still, it is undeniably an above-average interactive incarnation of a kids cartoon.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of making projects out of discarded junk, as Phineas and Ferb do. Are there items lying around your house that, with a bit of imagination and elbow grease, you could turn into a toy or perhaps a work of art? Do you think you'd achieve a better sense of satisfaction if you built something yourself as opposed to buying it?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:February 4, 2009
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 8 years old Written byfiggy May 11, 2009
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5
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"I was amazed"

All of it was awesome. That's all I have to say.

Kid, 10 years old Written bydondigman July 1, 2009
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4
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Nice game

I really enjoyed this game. Some younger kids would find it uninteresting and hard to play.

What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old Written bydejuan February 15, 2009
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dejuan laughed so hard

I love phineas and ferb because they create alot of stuff like building a ferriswheel,rolacoaster and alot of many things.My favorite person is candace(their sister)because she is crazy about busting her brothers.

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