The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Wacky side-scroller game helps Starlight charity.

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Positive Messages

The game promotes family bonding by having the Tuttle family go on vacation together.

Violence & Scariness

You can stomp on baddies to turn them into money.

Language
Consumerism

This is a game created to be a fund-raiser for the Starlight Starbright Foundation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that by purchasing this game, at least half of the proceeds will go to the Starlight charity. If you purchase the boxed version, fifty percent of the cost goes to the charity, while with the downloadable version (www.tuttlesfamilygame.com), the charitable amount rises to seventy-five percent. Because the game can be played on three levels of difficulty, it is a game the whole family can enjoy.

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Kid, 6 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

THE TUTTLES MADCAP MISADVENTURES is no ordinary game. It's a game produced to raise money for the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, and it features voice talent from some of Hollywood's darlings, including Bob Saget, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ashley Tisdale, Dominic Scott Kay, Dave Coulier, and William Shatner. Players join the zany Tuttle family as they travel around the world in hopes of visiting The Alamo, stopping along the way in the desert, the ocean, the mountains, the jungle, and on a tropical island.

The Tuttles is an old-fashioned side-scrolling game, reminiscent of classic Mario games from Nintendo, where players collect items, jump from platform to platform to navigate a level, and stun baddies by leaping on their heads. For example, while in the desert looking for more gas for the family's van, you must avoid scorpions, cobras and prickly cacti. As the desert levels get harder, you also encounter walking mummies and wriggling green vipers. There are 40 levels of solid platform puzzle play.

Is it any good?

What makes this game good is the story. This family, comprised of parents and two kids, gets into wacky situations, including bargaining with a group of nomad desert people who deliver a Monty-Python-type performance. The hilarious script is a product of Dave Thomas and his Emmy-Award-winning comedy team at Animax Entertainment, and it plays out in comic book style cutscenes that appear between levels. Combine this with bright bold graphics, a catchy sound track, and stellar voice talent, and you have a game worth playing. And through all of the Tuttles' Madcap Misadventures, the game manages to deliver a strong message about the importance of family bonding.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and how it helps sick children and their families. Did you buy this game because you expected it to be fun or because it was for charity? Do you think more games should be created to raise money for charity?

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