A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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