Rango The Videogame
Saddle Up Your Roadrunner and Hit The Dirt Trail
What It Is
Rango The Videogame is, as you probably guessed, a video game based on the Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies animated movie, Rango. The game follows the adventures of the title character, Rango—a chameleon who is the Sheriff of the town of Dirt—as he tries to uncover an interstellar mystery that landed in his town. The game is set mainly in and around Dirt and gives players a chance to go beyond the movie with an extended storyline inspired by the movie.
The game is filled with goofy, entertaining and funny characters who act as both friends and enemies of Rango. Players will experience multiple game styles as the levels shift from platformer style to racing sequences to target and shoot-style areas. All of these styles are smoothly combined by having the main stage of each level be a platforming experience where the player works from a start point to a finish point while defeating enemies, overcoming obstacles and prospecting for Sheriff Coins (more on that later). At the end of the first area, the player will advance by targeting and hitting a bulls-eye then it’s off to a wild race conclusion, which may have the player riding on the back of a roadrunner or flying a bat.
Why It’s Fun
Highly detailed environments put the player in Rango’s boots by recreating a human world from the perspective of a chameleon. Players get to explore these worlds where oilcans are turned into buildings and an old arcade game transports Rango to an alternate, 8-bit universe. Each level has a distinct look and the environments are just as entertaining as the game-play. In one level, a portion of the game takes place inside the trailer of the game’s only human character—a cantankerous, UFO conspiracy theorist who looks like Hunter S. Thompson—where the player will traverse what would be a cramped setting for humans but becomes a cavernous world for a chameleon.
Most platformer style games have some sort of coin collecting and spending component. Typically, you get coins for breaking items and blasting bad guys, which can be spent to upgrade your character’s abilities and weapons. In Rango, the coins are called Sheriff Stars and how the player spends them calls into play a strategy element that goes beyond the adventure. Players will have to decide whether to spend their Sheriff Stars on ability upgrades or on one of the options that will provide larger Sheriff Star payouts during the game. There are benefits to both as increasing the ammo Rango can carry is an advantage but so is increasing the number of Sheriff Stars that are awarded for defeating bad guys.
Who’s Going To Love It
Most movie-based video games appeal mainly to fans of the movie but I haven’t seen the Rango movie and still really enjoyed playing the game. I imagine there are inside jokes and character back-stories that went over my head but that didn’t detract from the fun of the game. If someone who hasn’t seen the movie can enjoy the game then fans of the movie should love it.
This is definitely a kid’s game. Gamers as young as six will probably be able to play through on the easy setting, while the medium difficulty will keep ages eight and above entertained. As for the E 10+ rating, the only questionable content I noticed was that I think I heard Rango say the word “Hell” once.
What To Be Aware Of
Rango is a short game. Playing on medium difficulty, most kids will probably be able to finish this game in about a week or less.
Non existent. Once you play the game all the way through, there is no reason or value in playing again.
2 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
Rango The Videogame
Rated: E (Everyone) for DS, Everyone 10+ for Wii, 360, PS3
System: DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
SRP: $29.99 for DS, $39.99 for Wii, $49.99 for 360, PS3
Launch Date: March 1, 2011
Date of Review: March 16, 2011