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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages cooperation and help for others. But Zach and Cody can be sneaky and deceptive around adults.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is based on the Disney show of the same name. Zack and Cody are pretty tame kids. They're nice to each other and try to help their friends solve problems, but they are also known for being sneaky and dishonest around adults.
Is It Any Good?
The game's graphics are wonderfully drawn and enhance gameplay. Players view the action as a sideways scroller, but characters can also move into and out of the screen on designated paths, which gives an illusion of more space. Players alternate between using the touch screen and the buttons to move Zack and Cody around. Using the touch screen is usually a cool feature of the DS, but in this game, the constant switching back and forth is cumbersome.
While the controls are generally easy to use, Zack and Cody sometimes appear to walk on air and are often stopped by objects that are not very close to them. There are some good design features, and the variety of puzzles is a plus. But the package as a whole just isn't as fun as the separate pieces, due to a lack of cohesiveness in the game. Ultimately, the game feels too much like a chore, rather than an adventure.
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