A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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