Hannah Montana: The Movie
Live the secret double life of America's favorite tween pop-star!
What It Is
Don’t let the title of this review confuse you, today I’m reviewing Hannah Montana The Movie: The Video Game. You have probably already figured out that this is the video game based on the Hannah Montana movie (in theaters April 10, 2009). The game puts players in the shoes (more on the shoes later) of Miley Stewart and her pop-star, alter ego, Hannah Montana, as they explore familiar scenes and experiences from the movie.
Why It’s Fun
The game combines the elements of Dance Dance Revolution and Rock Band that kids love—singing, dancing, playing instruments—while immersing players in the secret dual life world of Hannah Montana. Just like the movie, players will take to the stage and perform for screaming fans as Hannah Montana and they will get to explore the life in Tennessee that Miley left behind.
Hannah Montana The Movie is a real treat for fans of the movie because it allows them to go beyond the movie as they compete in mini-game style challenges. The challenges unlock new songs and stages for the performances plus items that can be used to create unique looks for both Hannah and Miley. I mentioned shoes earlier because they are just one of the many accessories that players can scroll through in a virtual closet as they design outfits for Hannah and Miley.
Who’s Going To Love It
A good movie-based game should be fun, even for the people who have not seen the movie (yours truly), and this game definitely meets that criteria. With that said, however, this wouldn’t exactly be the best game to give to your college-age son, unless he really loves Miley Cyrus. Tween girls, on the other hand, who love Hannah Montana and have seen the movie, will probably love this game, which is designed specifically for them.
The game pulls the elements of Hannah Montana that tween girls love—music, fashion, makeovers, role-play, celebrity—and successfully turns them into game-play. For example, when players perform well in an instrument-based music challenge they are rewarded with items that can be used to decorate and add a custom look to Hannah’s tour bus.
What To Be Aware Of
The music performance stages of the game feature 14 hit songs, including five new tracks from the movie. Kids can play the drums, guitar, keyboard and microphone in a Rock Band style manner by hitting the appropriate button at the right moment.
The Wii version of the game utilizes the motion-sensing abilities of the Wii-Remote for a Dance Pose competition in which players strike a pose that matches Miley.
0 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
Hannah Montana The Movie
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
System: DS, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360
SRP: $29.99 (DS), $49.99 (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360)
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: April 2009
Date of Review: April 2009
Review By Jeff McKinney, Electronic Gaming Editor