Open Season (DS Version)

Game review by
Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media
Open Season (DS Version) Game Poster Image
Movie characters host challenging family puzzler.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages
Violence & scariness

Hunters carry guns like in the film, but no animals die. Some animals are tossed around, but this is more silly than violent.

Language
Consumerism

This is a tie-in to Open Season the movie.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are hunters carrying guns in this video game. While it has a hunting theme, no animal dies. Kids will have to use logic to figure out all the puzzles.

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 year old Written by2BrosGaming October 4, 2015

Cool game

I like this game. It's one of my favorite games. But I don't like that you can't choose levels after completing the game.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDezDirectioner December 22, 2012

Open Season DS game. By: Desiree Batdorf.

I think it's a really good game for kids. It helps them learn about the wild, and it is kind of a puzzle sort of game. When kids play it, they have to figu... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

OPEN SEASON for the Nintendo DS is based on the film of the same name, and features Boog the bear and Morris the deer, plus a liberal sprinkling of squirrels, rabbits, skunks, ducks, and other forest denizens. The game is loosely based on the movie, with Boog and Morris attempting to find their way back to their happy home in Timberline after Boog was kicked out for trashing a convenience store. Along the way the buddies have to get past nutty squirrels, natural hazards, and gun-toting hunters.

The game is divided into puzzle-based levels, each featuring multiple paths through the forest. Players must figure out how to get past obstacles like raised platforms, chasms, tall boulders, and acorn-throwing squirrels. Players must use logic and teamwork as they figure out when to have Boog throw Morris at things to activate or open them. Likewise, sometimes only Morris is able to jump high enough to get around certain obstacles.

Is it any good?

While the game controls are easy, the difficulty lies in figuring out the puzzles. Most require players to decide which path and accompanying puzzle to solve first, in order to open up subsequent paths. The quality of the graphics is very good -- everything is crisp and well defined, with good lighting.

Open Season is a very enjoyable game, with thought-provoking puzzles, items to smash, collectibles, and silly humor. This DS version is superior to the console version, due to the emphasis on puzzle solving, a better environmental design, and a more forgiving health system. Although Boog and Morris can collapse after losing their health, they will start over again at the most recent checkpoint with renewed health -- a definite plus for younger players. The "save" feature of the interface is annoying, though, as it only saves at the end of the level, not the checkpoints.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between the cartoon guns in this game and real ones. They can also talk about Boog and Morris' friendship. Does their friendship get stronger when they're down and out? How does their teamwork help them out? How does it help you solve the puzzles in this game?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: November 1, 2006
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

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