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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Ice Age: Continental Drift: Artic Games is a family-friendly collection of mini-games that stars the same animal characters as the films. One or two players engage in activities, as they compete to earn acorns and a high score. This E-rated game has some minor comic violence and mishaps (like ski crashes).
What's it about?
Fans of the animated Ice Age films can now play around with their favorite prehistoric pals in ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT: ARCTIC GAMES, a multiplatform game starring Manny, Sid, Diego, and others. The story tells of a secret treasure that has fallen into the hands of the Ice Age crew, and so they decide to compete in a series of wacky winter sporting events to see who will keep the riches. Up to two players can try their skills at 10 mini-games, including hopping across icebergs, racing down mountains, firing "squirrel cannons," and more. Gamers can choose to play a Story mode, Free Play, or in a Tournament -- and compete for high score as well as gold, silver, and bronze acorn medals.
Is it any good?
Loosely based on the Ice Age: Continental Drift feature film, this collection of mini-games can be quite fun (and funny) when the two teams -- the Herds versus the Pirates -- challenge one another in these various games of skill. As you might expect, some of the games are better than others -- such as the downhill racing being more enjoyable than flinging Scrat's acorns at targets -- but kids and kids at heart should enjoy the familiar characters, easy-to-pick-up gameplay, and a nice selection of events to play (not to mention three different modes). The Nintendo Wii version of the game was tested for this review, but the Xbox 360 version, while the same, also requires the Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral to control the action with your body movements. The Nintendo DS is different from the console versions. Overall, fans of the film should enjoy these humorous and accessible family-friendly activities.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Science: animals
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Social Studies: events, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $29.99 to $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: July 10, 2012
- Genre: Mini-games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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