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I have to say I am so glad I didn't buy this game, instead I cheated and borrowed it from my nephew. The game starts well, with all the cute little penguins being all happy and singy and dancing. You can choose from 2 modes, either story mode or arcade mode. I first started with arcade mode to get used to the controls, etc. The first thing I noticed in arcade mode is that that are only 8 measely levels and you can go stright to level 8 and skip the rest, if you're that way inclined. Anyway I started from level 1 and it required the use of the stylus for the touch screen. The top screen has mumble the penguin dancing for all of his friends and on the bottom screen there is snow and little ice-caps pop up, which you have to tap in time to the music, if you hit it too early they break and you get no points, as well as if you hit it too late. Upon hitting it correctly you are awarded 3 different values depending on how perfect you are, there's 50 points, 100 points or 200 points. In doing this you have to keep your 'power bar' in the green or you will not complete the level, but I assure you that you will always complete the leves as they are so easy. Each music level lasts around 3 minutes and there is a timer counting you down. The next level was a racing level, although you only race against the clock rather than other penguins. Just like in the film you race on your tummy. You use the touch screen to control your character, up and down to change the speed from fast to slow and left and right for your directions. There are various obstacles to dodge and other items, such as fish to collect (which sometimes make you go faster). There are also some jumps to fly off, but you can't do any tricks or anything while in the air. The top screen this time shows a long diagonal line with a little penguin on it, this is meant to depict how far you have travelled and how far you have left to go. Again these are very easy courses to complete. I soon got bored of the arcade mode, considering it only took me about half an hour to complete every single level so I thought I would try to story mode, in hope of better things to come. Well it starts off alright, you get told the story of happy feet, which you have to read so this would only be good for children who can actually read, unless you're going to read it to them. Then the game started.....BORING is all I can say, it was exactally the same as the arcade mode, the same songs, the same levels and everything, but I perserved with it just in case. As it went on there was more of the story told and a few more levels (more than 8 anyway), but I never completed the game as I got cramp in my hand from doing the exact same thing over and over. The only thing that ever changed in the levels was either the music in the dancing ones, or what you collect in the racing ones (be it fish or seaweed, etc). The graphics in the game are standard Nintendo DS pixelated pictures and nothing to get excited about, but then DS games are meant to be all about the gameplay, so this game wins nothing for either gameplay or graphics, I guess they think the novelty of the penguins can sell all, like a big penguin empire. All in all I would not recommend this to anyone. It cannot hold the attention of an adult for longer than half an hour and I'm sure it wouldn't hold the imagination of a kid for longer than 5 minutes, which I guess is why my nephew had no problems in lending it to me, I'm actually surprised he wanted the thing back. I recommend either borrowing this game from someone or finding it super cheap on ebay if you reallllly want it!
Happy Feet DS is a fun game based on the movie. The game is rather disappointing in that there are only two different sorts of games to play. One is racing in which you slide down ice on your stomach the other is rhythm based. Circles appear and then proceed to get smaller and smaller, you must touch the circle just as it reaches the ice in the centre of it for maximum points and combos. The songs to which you do this are ones from the movie and are entertaining. After you complete each stage you are shown a short clip that tells the story of what happened between this level and the next. The game has good graphics, of similar quality to those in the movie and is enjoyable, however it is very easy to complete due to the limited variety of levels and once completed it is not as fun second time round. Although if you are a fan of rhythm style games you will enjoy it.
I was quite disappointed with this game when i got it because it doesn't offer you varitey. The game consists of 2 mini games one of which is racing where you have to guide your penguin down the snow as quickly as possible. The other game is where you have to tap the circler which appear on your screen as accurately and quickly as possible. A section of the story of happy feet is told after you complete the mini level. So to progress in the game you have to complete the mini levels and get told the story. The 2 player mode is much more fun as you can race against another opponent. The graphics in this game are really good, they are just like the ones on the film. You get told the story line through snapshots presumably taken from the film. This is a really easy game to play, that i got really bored after about 3 hours and didn't bother to complete it. I had already watched the film so i knew the storyline anyway. I think that young children may enjoy this game a lot more that me and i would recommend this game only for children, adults would find it too boring.