Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, affordable adventure has some technical glitches.

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Positive Messages

No messages here. It’s a silly story about battling appliances brought to life by the evil genius Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You’re the "good guys" -- brothers Phineas and Ferb, as well as Agent P (the silent Perry the Platypus) -- but constantly fighting.

Ease of Play

Simple controls not always responsive but easy to play.

Violence & Scariness

Phineas and Ferb each have three weapons that inflict physical, fire, water, or ice damage. Enemies disappear, but there's no "death," blood, or gore.

Consumerism

Based directly on Phineas and Ferb animated series, so game's graphics closely resemble TV show. There's a ton of paraphernalia tied to this successful franchise.
 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz is closely tied to the Phineas and Ferb TV show. Though the game has many platforming elements, some puzzle-solving, and some exploration, it’s mostly a third-person action game. The main character has gun-like weapons that shoot various materials to destroy the enemies, which are mostly possessed appliances. There's no blood shown, and enemies vanish when destroyed.

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What's it about?

Doctor Doofenshmirtz is at it again! Just when you thought Danville was safe from this evil genius, the malevolent mastermind has created a laser beam that turns regular home appliances into loyal robotic followers. This is the silly premise behind PHINEAS AND FERB: DAY OF DOOFENSHMIRTZ, based on Disney’s hit animated show. You get to play as Phineas, Ferb, and Perry the Platypus as you fight against washers and dryers, microwaves, and other machines programmed to do you harm. From a third-person perspective, you blast enemies, engage in some platforming-based environmental challenges and puzzles, collect tokens, and upgrade your gear over time.

Is it any good?

PlayStation Vita games are somewhat hard to come by these days, but at least this game mostly delivers the goods -- and at a relatively affordable price of $20 (but the game requires a PS Vita memory card, sold separately). If you can forgive the annoying camera and some loose controls (including sloppy shooting mechanics), fans of the show will enjoy visiting familiar locations (including secret areas that reveal goodies), interacting with all the main characters, and viewing graphics that resemble the animated series. There's some variety to the gameplay, whether it’s third-person 3-D action, 2-D side-scrolling fun, or arcade mini-games. You can toggle among the characters when need be, as each has its own abilities. Crafting new and more powerful ammo in Phineas and Ferb's workshop is fun, as is unlocking cool costumes after one play-through, but the other reward for finishing the story isn’t as rewarding (SPOILER ALERT: designing and playing with your own augmented-reality robot using the rear camera on the PS Vita). If it weren’t for the camera and control issues and some frequent long load times, this game would be a hidden gem worthy of any mobile gamer's time. Even though it has shortcomings, its accessible gameplay, its faithful look, and the attractive price tag make this a solid buy for fans of the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence. In today’s climate, is it OK to let kids play videos games with gun-like weapons? Do you think the combat is harmless because it's fantasy-like, or do we risk desensitizing children to guns and violence by letting them shoot in this game?

  • Discuss consumerism. Do you think this game adds a lot to the Phineas and Ferb universe, or is it just a way to sell more merchandise for the show?

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