Ice Age is a computer generated movie that was released in 2002. It stars a sloth named Sid and a mammoth named Manfred as they journey together in order to survive the ice age. The original movie was so successful that it spawned too sequels: Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2002 and the upcoming Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which will support 3D for the first time in the series.
To accompany the premier of the movie on July 1st, the official video game will be released at the same time on the PC, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Historically, video games based on movies are poor representation of the films. Can Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs provide a good interactive compliment to the upcoming movie? Find out in this hands-on preview of the Nintendo DS version.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs once again follows the colorful cast of the pre-historic era. This time, the dynamic duo of Sid and Manfred has unexpectedly ran into a group of dinosaurs that managed to survive the ice age.
Although it isn’t spectacular, the game does an okay job at recreating the visuals from the movie. However, the developer would have been better off using 2D sprites instead of pixilated polygons due to the 3D processing limitations of the Nintendo DS.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2D side-scrolling platforming game with 3D movements. You can play as three characters: Sid, Scrat and Buck.
In the preview build, you get to play as the acrobatic Buck, the weasel, as he attacks and jumps his way throughout the level. He occasionally runs into giant bugs or small dinosaurs. Fortunately, Buck has a pretty good melee attack and an excellent long range one where he can throw a fruit grenade at a locked-on enemy.
You don’t just run on your own two feet all the time in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. You can also ride pterodactyls on your adventure.
Here is the control setup for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs:
Directional Pad: move
Y: attack; downward attack while in the air
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs also requires you to use the touch screen in events where you have to flee from man-eating vegetables.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs looks like a solid effort as it is surprisingly a little bit challenging in a good way. You can pick the game up for the PC, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 when it comes out at the same time as the feature film.