A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Smurfs 2 is a platform puzzler for younger kids, especially for those age 6 through 10. The colorful cartoon graphics, simple controls, and platforming gameplay should appeal to Smurf fans, both boys and girls; but it is not likely to interest those over the age of 10. There is some mild animated violence -- such as jumping on an enemy or freezing them with a magic spell -- plus a dung beetle throws brown pellets at you, to imply feces.
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What's it about?
Out the same week as the animated film of the same name, THE SMURFS 2 is a family-friendly adventure for multiple consoles. The story tells of the evil wizard Gargamel and his loyal Naughties creatures, who snatch Smurfette from Smurfs Village and imprison her in France. The Smurfs vow to find and rescue Smurfette from Gargamel's clutches and must travel from the Enchanted Forest to the busy streets of New York to the City of Love, Paris. Gamers can play as their favorite Smurf as they run, jump, and fight from the left side of the screen to the right, while overcoming obstacles, facing off against enemies, and picking up berries, coins, and other items.
Is it any good?
As a game for young players, yes, Ubisoft's The Smurfs 2 is a charming, colorful, and a simple-to-pick-up game, whether you're playing by yourself or up to four simultaneous players in the drop-in-and-out co-op mode on the same television (or up to five players in the Nintendo Wii U version). Each of the Smurfs has their own unique abilities -- such as Vanity's poses and Papa Smurf's magic potions -- plus there are a half-dozen worlds to explore for a bit of variety.
Movie tie-ins usually aren't very good, but The Smurfs 2 proves licensed games can be done right -- just remember this casual game is for young kids and Smurfs fans alike, and won't likely appeal to anyone else. Note: The console versions of the game are more-or-less the same, but the handheld versions are a different game altogether and are not reviewed here.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Social Studies: exploration, global awareness
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: July 23, 2013
- Genre: Arcade
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Bugs, Friendship, Great boy role models, Wild animals
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
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