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What It Is

This month, G-Force, the 3D, animated/live-action film from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films arrives in theatres. The movie follows the adventures of an elite group of secret agents, equipped with high-tech gadgets and specialized talents, on an adventure to save the world. Oh… did I mention that the agents are guinea pigs?

The video game is based on the movie and features the main characters and settings, however, Disney Interactive has departed from the typical movie tie-in game that recreates the movie scene by scene and instead presents gamers with a unique story, adventure and characters. Players play through the game as Darwin, the G-Force team leader, and Mooch, a housefly surveillance specialist as they take on a robot army of evil household appliances such as sizzling-fisted steam irons.

Why It’s Fun

You might not expect an Everyone 10+ rated game to allow you to equip your game character with an amazing arsenal of weapons and gadgets, especially when that character is a guinea pig, and that is exactly what you will find in G-Force. The game features an impressive array of versatile (but still within the E-10 rating) weapons that would even impress a hardcore Halo fan despite the fact that it is a kid-friendly game. The weapons and gadgets serve specific purposes, and part of the game relies on the player figuring out which to use at a given time. One of the coolest non-weapon items is Darwin's hoverpack, which lets players speed through areas or fly up to higher altitudes.

This is an action game with puzzle solving elements mixed in throughout. For example, in some areas you will have to defeat all the enemies then figure out how to open a door using a puzzle-style game in order to move on to the next area.

Who’s Going To Love It

Typically, movie-based games mainly appeal to fans of the movies, but as someone who hasn’t seen the movie, I can tell you that this is a great game for anyone that enjoys action/fighting games. The game is more challenging than you might imagine, so although it is suited for older kids, teens and adults, it might be too challenging for the youngest gamers. (Ironically, they are the ones who will most likely be drawn to this because judging by the trailers, these are the kids the movie targets).

What To Be Aware Of

Several of the film’s actors, including Jon Favreau (“Hurley”), Bill Nighy (“Leonard Saber”) and Sam Rockwell (“Darwin”), do the voices for their characters in the game.

The game’s weapons and fighting sequences are all cartoon-like in nature and not violent or gory so the game is suitable for kids.

In addition to the game systems listed at the top of this page, an iPhone version is also available for $6.99.

Fun Scale

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

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Rated: Everyone 10+

System: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 plus mobile phones
Genre: Action
Players: Single Player

SRP: $15.00 - $50.00 depending on game system.
Available: July 21, 2009 at most major retail stores and many online e-commerce sites.

Date of Review: July 2009

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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