Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?
|Platforms:||Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360|
|Subjects:||Science: gravity, motion, physics|
|Skills:||Self-Direction: achieving goals, self-reflection, work to achieve goals |
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, perspective taking, self-awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||August 13, 2013|
|ESRB rating:||E for Mild Cartoon Violence |