Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Not so long ago, pretty much every time Disney or any other big movie studio released a new animated movie you would expect a game to release at the same time.
Most of the time the games were only loosely based on the events of the film, but still, they got pretty popular. We're going to be checking out Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, one of these titles based on the movie of the same name.
About the game
Sid, Manny, and Diego are in big troubles when their habitat starts to meltdown. Now they must go through many different levels and face new threats to survive, working together as a team. You control these three main characters through the levels, switching between each other.
Each character has a special set of abilities and minigames available to that character alone. It's interesting to note that, even though it's not a main character in the movies, Scrap gets a lot of screen time here. You'll spend a lot of time playing as the squirrel we all know and love.
It's also great that the original voice actors from the movies are present to replay their roles as the characters in the game. This helps in making the game feel more like the movie. Even then, the game doesn't really spoil the whole movie, as you'll just get fragments of the storyline, but not the whole deal.
Compared to other movie games
These games made just to ride the wave of the movie tend to be a complete disaster. Take Shrek The Videogame, for instance, horrible visuals and a complete mess of gameplay. Although back in the day this wasn't always the case, like Lion King or Aladdin games. And luckily for Ice Age 2: Meltdown, this ends one ends up being more on the good side of that list.
When you compare this title with most modern movie-based games, it doesn't end up too bad. Even though it's pretty simple and soft, the game is not completely terrible. The visuals are nice, and the voice actors deliver a nice performance.
The game lacks imagination, it's way too easy and you can finish it in just a few hours. It wouldn't be hard to finish this game and watch the movie at the same time. But it's good enough to be playable, and that's excellent for this category of games. You can actually get to enjoy it.
Graphics and Visuals: Believe it or not, it doesn't look half bad. The mix of cinematic and even clips of the real film is made nicely. The character models look great and the scenarios are detailed.
Gameplay: Games like this demand simple and easy gameplay, and that's exactly what you get. A basic platformer with minigames included, and some puzzles.
Sound: The game relies a lot on the movie's original soundtrack, but that may be a good thing. The original soundtrack is similar to that of the movie anyway.