Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension

The New Phineas & Ferb Game Builds on the Fun of the Series

What It Is

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension is an all-new game based on the Disney Channel’s animated series and first-ever, original movie. The game continues and expands on the storyline of the movie and lets kids play as their favorite characters from the series including Phineas, Ferb, Agent P and a new character introduced in the game, Agent T.

Across the Second Dimension is a platformer game where players work their way through each level moving across the screen from left to right (like the Super Mario Bros. games). There are six multi-stage levels that have distinctive and physics-defying looks. Levels range from a black & white farm to a gelatinous bubble land to a twisted garden world filled with angry garden gnomes.

Why It’s Fun

Like the TV series, the game relies heavily on projects that involve building items and designing gadgets. Throughout the game, players will encounter challenges that rely on locating hidden parts then bringing them all together to construct an item that will allow the player to advance to the next area of the game. The gadgets involve some very funny weapon-like items such as the Carbonator, which lobs giant orange blobs, Ninja Gloves, which allow players to climb walls and the Anti-Gravity Ray, which lets players lift and transport heavy objects.

In addition to the single player mode, this is also a two-player cooperative game that allows two kids to play together at the same time. Kids will encounter areas that specifically require them to work together to advance, however, at the end of each level, each player’s game stats are displayed, which adds a fun competitive aspect to the game.

Who’s Going To Love It

This is an ideal game for young gamers, ages 5 and up. The game-play is straightforward so young kids won’t have to constantly ask you to figure it out for them, the enemies are cartoonish and relatively easy to beat and there is an almost endless supply of player health found throughout the game so kids won’t become frustrated by dying all the time.

I haven’t seen the Phineas & Ferb movie but didn’t feel like I was lost by the content of the game. Fans of the series and movie will definitely pick up on a lot of the inside jokes and character nuances but even kids who have no idea who Phineas or Ferb are will enjoy playing this game.

What To Be Aware Of

The PS3 version of the game supports the PlayStation Move system.

The console versions are rated 10+ because of comic mischief and cartoon violence. That 10+ is not an age recommendation as far as the game’s difficulty is concerned and the game is best for kids younger than 10.

Replayability

There are objects and coins hidden in each level, but there isn’t a lot of area to explore so once a level is completed, there is no real reason to return to it. The same can be said for the entire game. An experienced, ten-year-old player can probably blow through this game in a couple of days if they ignore all objects and simply focus on getting from the start to the finish. Younger players will get far more enjoyment and play time out of this game.

Fun Scale

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

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Rated: Everyone (DS), Everyone 10+ (Consoles)

System: DS, Wii, PS3
Genre: Action/Platformer
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $29.99 (DS), $39.99 (Wii, PS3)
Launch Date: August 2, 2011
Date of Review: August 17, 2011

*Rating determined by the ESRB

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