Developer: Heavy Iron Studios
N Amer - 06/26/2007
Ratatouille is Pixar’s eighth animated film and boy does it deliver. The story revolves around Remy, a cuisine loving rat who wants to live in Paris and taste the best food in the world. To fulfill his dream, Remy must leave his home and clan that he shares with his brother Emile and father Django who both oppose the idea. Thus, the story takes off once a succession of events drives Remy away from home and into the heart of Paris.
The film did a great service to its audiences with intelligent dialogue, well thought-out scenes, and humor all throughout the storyline. The Xbox 360 video game doesn’t do as well as the movie – though I didn’t expect it to. Ratatouille on the 360 is basically a kid-friendly platformer that loosely ties into the plot of the film.
Gameplay is primarily focused on platforming – not something I expected about a movie revolving around cooking. I would have loved to see Ratatouille turn out similar to Cooking Mama, but it instead was turned into another generic platformer. While the storyline tackles the life of stealing food with Remy’s rat clan, it does concentrate on a few integral plot points from the movie.
Players will be swinging, jumping, climbing, and running their way around environments – typical of any platformer nowadays. There’s no innovation to be found. There are chase scenes scattered throughout the game to keep it interesting – this is where a lot of the humor is found. The humans will chase players down hoping to eradicate Remy though never succeeding with the player’s abilities to run away.
Ratatouille became repetitive half way through and I wanted to rush through to completion in hopes to finding a new outlook on the missions, but sadly there wasn’t much there being offered. There happen to be a few unlockable mini-games that will have you smashing boxes to collect items. The replay value of Ratatouille is quite low with a short storyline and boring mini-games.
There are a few problems with the game; namely the game has a feeling of being unfinished. The controls are user-friendly, though there will be camera troubles and a few hiccups with glitches that throw everything off balance. This shouldn’t hold back players from completing the game, but beware of the camera problems as it persistently frustrated me.
The quality of the graphics doesn’t match what’s currently being put out on the 360. Ratatouille could easily be mistaken for a regular Xbox game if it wasn’t for the lighting and fur on the rats. Overall, the graphics are nothing to write home about. The sound on the other hand is pleasing to the ears with a well rounded voice cast.
The films motto, “anyone can cook”, could be applied to Ratatouille with a few changes. “Anyone can play this game,” sure it’s not the best selling point, but for parents looking their next purchase for their child, Ratatouille is a good pick-up.
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Ratatouille is a mediocre game in the department of explaining the storyline. The missions end up being a pain towards the end of the game, so take it slow and don’t overload yourself as you play through.
The fur looks great! Unfortunately, the rest of the graphics fall short of impressive.
I will compliment the developers for including the cast members of the movie in the voice-casting; it helps put together a nice feeling of authenticity for the game.
Directed towards a younger crowd, Ratatouille is an excellent choice for children since it has an uncomplicated control scheme.
Here are three opinions I stand by: movie games are boring, monotonous and flat out predictable. Ratatouille doesn’t break the mold.
The mini-games are tiring. There’s not much here in terms of multiplayer that could have been included.
The games mechanics are solid enough to warrant a play through. I suggest avoiding the game until you have watched the movie so there are no spoilers. The movie is well worth the admission. The game, on the other hand, is a mixed bag and will be enjoyed most after you have viewed the movie.
Pixar has done it again with another fantastic animated film. The video game adaptation isn’t anywhere near the level of genius the movie conveys
Reviewer: Dakota Grabowski
Review Date: 07/09/2007