Club Penguin: Herbert's Revenge
Suit Up for a Chilly Spy Adventure
What It Is
Temperatures in the North East are topping 100° for a third day this week as I write this review, which has made it all the more enjoyable to play a game with penguins on an icy island. Club Penguin: Herbert’s Revenge is the sequel to 2008’s Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force, and once again players will join the secret agency of Elite Penguins on a slippery spy mission. In Herbert’s Revenge, Herbert P. Bear, the island’s mischievous polar bear, is up to his old tricks and players will need to solve their way through a collection of puzzles and mini games to unravel Herbert’s latest scheme.
Why It’s Fun
Herbert’s Revenge does a great job of capturing the fun and addictive nature of the games on ClubPenguin.com, the hugely successful online world for kids. The mini games in the larger game are brief but challenging and range from time-trial mazes to side-scrolling adventures. The mini games are threaded together in the Mission Mode, which is the main story-based game that leads the player through the Herbert story with a series of puzzle-solving missions. For anyone looking for a shorter game, they can jump right into the Mini Games from the main game screen.
The story is a cute, spy-kids adventure starring the penguins and the player. Kids will feel like they are part of the story because the characters in the game talk directly to them and they can answer the characters through a multiple choice answer display.
Who’s Going To Love It
You don’t have to be a member of ClubPenguin.com to enjoy the DS game, but chances are good that if a kid is a member, he or she will love Herbert’s Revenge. Similar to the online destination, Herbert’s Revenge is going to appeal to young gamers (girls and boys) between the ages of 6 and 12. (However, we know of a handful of older kids (and video game reviewers) who really have gotten into it, and the gameplay can be engaging for anyone who enjoys casual-style gaming.)
What To Be Aware Of
Between the main story mode and mini games mode, Herbert’s Revenge contains a wealth of unique game play that will take days to complete. The average young gamer will be able to pick this game up and play a little every day for a long time without getting bored.
Herbert’s Revenge includes multiple options to link the game to ClubPenguin.com. Players can synchronize exclusive items, such as costumes and sunglasses, between the game and the Online world. Players can also earn coins that can be added to their online accounts or used to purchase items in the game. Synching the game with an online account is done through the DS’ WiFi Connection feature. Select Account from the main game screen, and then follow the on-screen instructions to link the game to an Online Club Penguin account. Once this link is established and the account verified, players can quickly and easily transfer their game coins to the linked account in the game’s Account area.
4 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Club Penguin: Herbert’s Revenge
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Genre: Adventure/Mini Games
Players: 1 with 2-player wireless option
Available: Now, at most major retail, toy, gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: May 2010
Date of Review: July 2010