Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (DS)

Common Sense Media says

Fun movie-based platformer game with puzzles and gadgets.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters Phineas and Ferb are best friends who work together to have fun and get through tough situations. In this game, they have the ambitious task of saving the tri-state area from certain doom. While there is an overarching theme of conflict and looming violence, it is the bond between Phineas and Ferb that takes the front stage.

Positive role models

Both Phineas and Ferb can be looked up to as role models. They embody positive thinking, ambition, and determination, and the quest to save their hometown makes it easy for players to be right by their side. Many of the bad guys are nondescript and provide little distraction from the camaraderie of the two main characters. Players can also look up to their animal allies, Agent T the turtle and Agent P the platypus.

Ease of play

This is a standard platformer game in which players have to jump around obstacles, maneuver through various hazards, and blast away creatures along the way. It is an accessible title that will challenge players but leave most of them feeling they can get through it if they keep trying. It requires dexterity and spatial recognition, along with good strategic skills to keep from losing too much health, but if players make a mistake they are usually sent back to a recent point in the same level, allowing them to keep attempting until they get it right.

Violence & scariness

The underlying story in this game is that players have to help Phineas and Ferb reach an evil villain and stop him from unleashing a plan to destroy the tri-state area. As such, along the way they are faced with various minions and robots. Players defeat these enemies with whimsical gadgets like a baseball gun or laser shooter. When the enemies are hit, they fade away without showing any visible sign of damage.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension is a platformer game for the Nintendo DS 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 use whimsical gadgets as weapons, and the violent content is only mildly portrayed. The versions of the Wii and PS3 are different and rated E10+ whereas this DS version is rated E.

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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?

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Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension is filled with colorful environments, interesting platforming puzzles, and zany gadgets that can be used against the evil Dr. D's minions. It is this collection of unique weapons that is a highlight of the game, as are the intermittent cutscenes that progress the interesting story. There is nothing here that sets the game apart from the myriad other movie- and TV-based platformer games out there, but fans of the Phineas and Ferb TV show should have no problem enjoying this game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this game. How do Phineas and Ferb defeat the bad guys?

  • How strong is the friendship between Phineas and Ferb?

  • Why do you think Dr. D wants to destroy the Earth?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:August 2, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypoe-ette February 1, 2012
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Horrible

Boring and the graphics were awful. Had to return it.
Kid, 6 years old November 11, 2011
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Teen, 15 years old Written byGiratina3100 September 2, 2011
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Cool Kids Game

The game is based on a cartoon in Disney Channel.The game is a casual kids game.Its not too violence and easy to play.There are many fun features like playing as Perry the Platypus and fight evil robots.The puzzles and mazes are easy to play.Its so easy even 5 year old can play it!
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