The Smurfs 2

 
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Learning(i)

Cute cartoon side-scroller, but only for young fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game has a positive message because it's about friends banding together to rescue a fellow Smurf, who has been kidnapped (Smurfnapped?) by the evil Gargamel and his minion of Naughties.

Positive role models

You play as multiple Smurfs in the game, each of whom has their own unique ability. They are all kind and altruistic characters who want to help rescue Smurfette. Some parents, however, might not like the clichéd "damsel in distress" storyline. Why isn't it one of the male Smurfs who needs rescuing?

Ease of play

The Smurfs 2 is very easy to play -- thanks to simple controls and straightforward gameplay. Plus, there's a lengthy tutorial and a "Help" screen to guide players, if needed.

Violence & scariness

There is some light cartoon violence that is quite tame, such as jumping on an enemy, tossing small projectiles that can knock them down, freezing enemies using a magic potion, and so on. There is no blood, gore, or even realistic violence.

Language
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Consumerism

The Smurfs 2 is heavily based on the animated movie of the same name, which comes out at the same time.

 

Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Younger players might find this colorful side-scrolling game engaging -- between the various puzzles and teaming up with a friend or sibling beside them in the drop-in-and-out cooperative ("co-op") mode.

Learning Approach

The Smurfs 2 does encourage simulanteous co-op play for two players on the same TV. Kids can also discuss how to solve puzzles together.

Support

The game teaches kids how to play the game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Kids can learn some puzzle solving and practice solving problems with others in the  two-player cooperative ("co-op") play in front of the same television. Most platform puzzles such as these require kids to think about how to reach places that are out of the way. The Smurf's 2 game is a way to relive the movie experience and challenges kids to some light environmental puzzles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about marketing. Did you buy this game because you saw the movie? Families can discuss how this game could be considered a marketing ploy as they talk about selling to kids.

  • What is it about The Smurfs that makes you a fan?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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 (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old June 27, 2014
 
LEARNING

Funny

This video game has gotten some poor reviews so I wanted to give it a good one. This movie is about gargamel trying to trick Smurfette [ Katy Perry ] into giving him the blue smurf formula. It is a very funny game and is ok for ages 6 and up. It does use a little violence when they fight over the formula but everthing else is ok.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byDajann June 18, 2014
 
LEARNING
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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