Ratatouille

 
Cute & varied gameplay makes this a gaming feast.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Remy tries to help his fellow rats, and also maintain a friendship with humans.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

This is part of a movie franchise.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game, based on the Ratatouille movie, is best for ages 7-13. Violent content is pretty minimal: Kids will see the same gun-toting Grandma from the beginning the movie, but when the chefs chase Remy out of the kitchen, they simply pick him up by the tail before he wiggles out of their grasp.

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What's it about?

Based on the hit movie Ratatouille, the video game presents six beautifully drawn environments that are jam-packed with intriguing interactive objects. As culinarily talented rat Remy, you explore these environments to discover ways for a rat to move from the kitchen floor to the rafters as you take on over 20 missions. While, at its core, this is a platform puzzle game, it's more than that. There are special cooking games, wild rides down sewer pipes, chase games, and logic games. For families with kids of different ages, the game can be played on five levels of difficulty. Also, there are several mini-games for two players to enjoy. And four players can compete for best score in Championship Mode.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Based on the charming animated film that became the darling of the 2007 summer movie offerings, RATATOUILLE the video game does justice to this beguiling license. While the story line is a little different, the characters and environments are the same and equally enchanting. The animations are adorable and fun, and the experience is further elevated by the variety of gameplay, which calls for players to be inventive as they scurry around as a rat.

If your family liked the Ratatouille movie, they will adore this console game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the story line of this game and how it differs from the movie. How was the rat able to use things in the human world in different ways from the way they were intended? What do you think about Remy's secretive relationship with Linguini? How is it different to see the world through the eyes of a rat?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Price:$50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:June 26, 2007
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance, Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A suprisingly fun game

I have a Nintend Wii, and this is one of the first games that I bought for it. I was expecting something pretty fun, maybe a bit above average, but my expectations were highly surpassed. Yes, I will admit that the game is pretty simple to beat, but it's just SO MUCH FUN! My personal favorite part is when you find the little mini-games that put you in food heaven. So, for the little ones: a challenging, clean game that will plaster a smile on their face. For those older: a not-so-challenging but still VERY fun game.
Kid, 10 years old January 29, 2012
age 5+
 

Thumbs Up!

I loved it! I thought the movie was great and the game on the XboX (not 360) was even better. Some parts were a chalenge on the wii but i have not gotten that far on the XboX.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2010
age 8+
 

A "tasty" game that will satisfy the whole family!

This is a very fun and challenging game. It shows you to think logically and solve puzzles. The controls are very simple. The only violence the game has is hitting enemies with a spoon and in one scene where an old lady tries shoot the rats with a shotgun.
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Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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