Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fun side-scrolling adventure captures spirit of TV show.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to think critically, logically, and occasionally out-of-the-box to solve puzzles and challenges that are thrown at them. They must think critically when deciding to switch between heroes so that they can best use a character's strengths. Playing Quest for Cool Stuff may help kids gain self assurance in being able to overcome obstacles and let them practice out-of-the-box thinking to solve different problems.

Positive Messages

Players are tasked with thwarting the would-be evildoings of longtime enemy Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Even though they play as two young adolescents, players hear the message that achievement comes via hard work and focus. Another message that rings throughout is that good triumphs over evil, no matter how much the odds are stacked against you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As with the TV show Phineas and Ferb, the main characters are unassuming heroes who can do anything they set their mind to. Players can definitely look to them as role models. Not only do they inspire kids to achieve big things, but they also reinforce the values of strong friendship, working together to overcome obstacles, and always having a positive attitude.

Ease of Play

Anyone with basic video game skills and experience will have no trouble playing through this game. There are some puzzles and frenetic platform-jumping segments where players may need to try multiple times to make it through to the next level, but the game is mostly made up of traditional, casual gameplay mechanics. There are also ample tutorials to help players learn the controls of the various machines that they control throughout the game.

Violence & Scariness

Because players are on a quest to stop the plans of a nefarious scientist, they undoubtedly encounter various robotic creatures and contraptions along the way. Players can jump on top or whack these creatures to make them disappear. The creatures are more like obstacles than enemies that must be killed. There is nothing gratuitous about this minimal amount of violence.

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Consumerism

This game is based on the TV show Phineas and Ferb.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff is a light-hearted puzzle adventure game. It is based on the popular Disney Channel cartoon series, and puts players in the shoes of the two unlikely hero pals. Along the way, there are various robotic monsters and creatures that players can defeat by jumping on them or using one of their wacky inventions. Creatures simply disappear upon defeat, and are even occasionally described as just being "out for the rest of the day," implying that players don't actually kill or defeat anything -- they just temporarily take them out so that the creatures don't get in the way of their exciting adventure.

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What's it about?

PHINEAS AND FERB: THE QUEST FOR COOL STUFF puts players in the shoes of two of the coolest adventure-seeking adolescent heroes, Phineas and Ferb. Just like in the TV show, the two friends embark on all manner of quests and adventures, taking them to exotic places like jungles, ruins, and even space. Along the way, they also help thwart the plans of the no-good Dr. Doofenshmirtz, taking out robotic creatures and contraptions that sometimes litter the landscape. There is little in the way of a cohesive story that wraps the entire experience together, but it is clear what the player's purpose is -- to go on a series of unique adventures and protect the surroundings from the bumbling Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Is it any good?

At its core, Phineas and Ferb: The Quest for Cool Stuff follows the same formula as the myriad platform-jumping puzzle-solving casual games that have come before it. Of course, it distinguishes itself because of the theme, which it capitalizes on quite well. Players can explore familiar places from the TV show, and also get to use a mechanical contraption called the All-Terrain Transformation Vehicle, which aids them through the various obstacles and environments. What also makes this game unique is that players switch back-and-forth between controlling Phineas and Ferb (and occasionally the secret agent platypus, Perry), so as to use each character's strengths and weaknesses. The challenge comes from figuring out how to use each character to his fullest advantage.

The story element of the game is somewhat lacking. Players basically start the game in the middle of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's warehouse with little context about what's going on. As the game progresses, though, players will get sucked into the fantastical experience just because of the fun gameplay style.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about the minimal level of violence in this game. What do you think of the robots that you jump on and attack during the game? Is there anything wrong about that; why or why not?

  • If you could go on the coolest adventure ever, what would it be?

  • What are some examples of how you conquered obstacles thanks to the help of your family or friends?

Game details

For kids who love adventure and puzzle games

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