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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension is a platformer game based on the animated direct-to-TV Disney movie of the same name. Players embark on a journey with Phineas and his friend Ferb as they wander through an alternate dimension on a quest to defeat an evil villain by foiling his plans to wreak havoc on Phineas's and Ferb's real-world hometown. Players will have to take out a barrage of enemy creatures using whimsical gadgets as weapons (some of which appear and behave as guns), sometimes resulting in large explosions, though enemies simply disappear when defeated. The DS version of this game has a milder depiction of the combat and is rated E, while this review covers the PS3 and Wii versions, which are rated E10+. Additionally, the PS3 version contains four episodes of the Phineas and Ferb TV show.
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What's it about?
PHINEAS AND FERB: ACROSS THE 2ND DIMENSION puts players in the shoes of best pals Phineas and Ferb, two characters known for getting into zany adventures and always pulling through. In this game, the two have to travel through an alternate dimension to reach the nefarious Dr. D, who is planning to unleash destruction all over the neighborhoods and surrounding areas of the hometown of Phineas and Ferb. Players will have to take out various minions and enemies, using everything from laser blasters to a projectile-like electric gum. All the while, the two friends work together and turn what could be an unnerving experience into an exciting adventure.
Is it any good?
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension is a fun, creative platformer game. The highlight within the 24 different levels is the wild selection of gadgets that players can collect and upgrade to wreak havoc on the enemy minions scattered throughout the game. The levels are also very well designed, ranging from platypus-themed environments to a level made out of gelatin. The actual gameplay mechanics are no different than what has been seen in myriad other platformer games before it, but fans of the Phineas and Ferb TV show should have no problem enjoying this game.
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