A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's a bit of a mixed message here, as Yogi is attempting to save the park by photographing endangered animals, but he is also tempted to steal picnic baskets whenever he sees them. You as the player are rewarded for stealing the baskets. It is also a goal, however, for you to try not to disturb the campers and wildlife in the park.
Positive Role Models
Again, Yogi is misguided, but not a bad guy. He has the noble intention of saving the park, but tends to annoy the vacationers and can't resist stealing food. Ultimately, he's a hero (although that is less apparent in the DS version, which shows less of a detailed storyline).
Ease of Play
There's a lot of platform jumping in the game. The controls work reasonably well for that purpose.
Violence & Scariness
Yogi can jump on animals or tourists, causing them to spin or flip upside down momentarily. They sometimes say, "ouch."
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Products & Purchases
The game is not only based on the new theatrical Yogi Bear movie, but the Wii version also comes with a coupon for $10 off a ticket to see the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yogi Bear: The Video Game is a platform-jumping adventure game based on the new Yogi Bear movie. True to the classic character, Yogi is always tempted to steal picnic baskets. He is ultimately a hero who wants to save the park he lives in, and tries to do it without disturbing too much of the nature and tourism going on around him. While that plot is readily apparent in the Wii version, the DS version, which has fewer story-building scenes, makes Yogi's noble side less apparent. The DS version appears as more of a game about sneaking through the park, swiping food.
Is It Any Good?
There's not much to excite in Yogi Bear: The Video Game. It's nice to hear Dan Aykroyd doing the voiceovers, but beyond that, the graphics and gameplay feel very ho-hum. The Wii version has fun bits with photographing the animals when you find them, and the mini-games for building crazy vehicles in the DS version gives it momentary boosts of fun -- but in between those interesting segments, there's a lot of standard platform-jumping that, unfortunately, grows repetitive quickly and never feels all that entertaining. As a movie-based tie-in game, Yogi Bear is passable, but it never really moves beyond that.
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