A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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