Phineas and Ferb Ride Again

Common Sense Media says

Mischief-prone cartoon bros star in standard platformer.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Phineas and Ferb go on a grand and risky adventure behind their parents' backs. Their big sister, who seeks to bring them home to mom and dad, is protrayed as a tattletale and, for the purposes of the game, an enemy.

Positive role models

The hero brothers are mischief-prone, yet they demonstrate an admirably adventurous spirit, curiosity, and loads of resourcefulness. And as kids who solve their problems through science and engineering, they're a notably intelligent duo.

Ease of play

The controls are perfectly fine; nothing too tough to handle.

Violence & scariness

Phineas and Ferb can get hurt, mostly by falling, but they're never shown taking any damage. What does happen is that each time they're hurt, their ever-watchful sister, Candace, shouts at them. When their "health meter" runs out, the sister claims that "you are so busted" and chases them down. There are some moments where Phineas and Ferb, themselves, can deal out damage to robots and spaceships, but it is mild and cartoonish. Another playable character, Perry the Platypus, is a secret agent, and will hit enemies with sausages to knock them down.

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Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the popular Disney Channel cartoon series, Phineas and Ferb. The packaging also contains a slew of ads for other Disney products.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb Ride Again is an action/adventure game based on the Disney Channel cartoon series, Phineas and Ferb. With mild violence depicted  a very cartoonish way, this interstellar romp is more about the resourcefulness and over-the-top science skills of the boys than about them fighting evil robots. The adventure takes place without the knowledge of the boys' parents; although this game -- and these characters, in general -- are more about fun and action than about setting good examples. Their older sister always wants to rat them out and is looked at as a villain-type character, which is a running gag in the cartoon series as well.

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What's it about?

In PHINEAS AND FERB RIDE AGAIN, the titular brothers head off to build a super-powered skateboard and end up constructing a space-bound flying car that gets them embroiled in interstellar intrigue. All the while, they are hounded by big sister Candace, who is always ready to catch them doing something dangerous and drag them home to mom and dad. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the platypus super-spy, Agent P, is also a playable character.

Is it any good?

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In terms of gameplay, Phineas and Ferb Ride Again is a pretty standard platformer -- not bad, certainly, but with nothing to shout about either. The game does a good job of capturing the fun-loving, slightly-subversive spirit of the show, though, so Phineas and Ferb fans are not likely to be disappointed. The mini-game in which Candace chases the boys through a Pac-Man-like maze is a great example of this. The weak graphics are definitely the game's low point, but die-hard fans of the show may not care too much about that.

Online interaction: The game allows access to Disney's online gaming community, DGamer -- a protected space for kids to share and safely communicate with other gamers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Phineas and Ferb are good role models or bad. The boys are prone to mischief-making and doing things behind their parents' backs. At the same time, they're genius scientists and smart, adventurous kids who always find a solution to the many dilemmas they face.

  • Parents can also ask their kids about DGamer. Do they enjoy connecting with other gamers online? What do they get out of the experience?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:September 14, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJeanetteHelpsAlot February 11, 2011
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I liked this game. I thought that it was fun. I LOVE Perry the Platypus. Some parts were a little hard to understand. It's a long game that will keep you entertained. I think Phineas and Ferb are wonderful role models for kids. They actually go outside and do stuff. It teaches kids to have an imagination which is what a lot of kids today are lacking.
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