Ice Age

 
Kids will tire quickly of ho-hum game.

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Animals fight other animals in a cartoonish world.

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Parents need to know that players have to kill a lot of animals, including some that aren't aggressive. The violence is cartoonish.

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What's it about?

ICE AGE is a platform game, based on the movie of the same name, in which the player walks, runs, and jumps across 10 horizontally scrolling levels. Depending on the level, you control Manny, a lumbering woolly mammoth ridden by an infant, or Sid, a speedy sloth.

When enemies get in the way, such as saber-tooth tigers and dodo birds, the player must kill them. The mammoth can strike with its tusks or throw nuts, the sloth has a "spin attack." It's cartoonish violence in which defeated enemies simply disappear. The goal is to collect as many nuts as possible on the way to finishing ten levels.

Is it any good?

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The game is easy to learn and controls are simple, but gameplay quickly becomes repetitive. There's no room for creativity or striking out in a new direction: You simply follow the path laid out for you. You can take your time and proceed at your own pace in the mammoth levels, but the sloth levels scroll along quickly. If the player can't keep up and is nudged off the edge of the scrolling screen, he loses a life, which will prove frustrating for younger children.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how other animals are dispatched. Do you find it strange that you need to kill animals that don't seem threatening?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 11, 2002
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance)

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
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the game is very nice just not good for my age group besides that its very injoyable
Kid, 8 years old August 11, 2009
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