Disney•Pixar A Bug's Life
Back of Box - N64 (US)
Are You Bug Enough?As hopeful hero Flik, you're the colony's last chance against the seed-grubbing grasshoppers. Run, fly, kick, squish, and slide through 15 challenging levels of 3-D animated gameplay. Outmaneuver 13 types of enemies, including The Bird and her deadly beak. Then, throw your weight around with tough antics like the Berry Attack and the Butt-Bounce. Because on this ride, you'll need more than just high hopes.
- Search for power-ups, tokens and objects to use in the "Living World."
- Get a bug's-eye-view of a magical 3-D world.
- Swing, fly, slide and navigate Flik through immense bug-infested levels.
Added by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on May 30, 2007
www.nintendo.com - Nintendo 64
Help Flik prove that you don't need to be a hulk to be a hero.
Activision brings Flik's life story to the N64 in a 3-D adventure that closely follows the storyline of Disney/Pixar's successful animated movie.
Players can travel with Flik through 15 levels of insect-infested insanity in a heroic effort to put Hopper's gang of Grasshoppers on ice.
Colorfully named N64 newcomer Traveler's Tales and Disney Interactive co-developed A Bug's Life with extensive help from animation powerhouse Pixar. By working so closely with the film's creators, the development team has created a video game that accurately follows the plot of the movie. Luckily for gamers, Flik has a knack for finding trouble.
Pixar's presence has produced colorful visuals similar to those found in the movie, but naturally it was unable to recreate the impact of buttery-smooth big screen animation.
If you don't approach the game expecting state-of-the-art computer animation, you'll be pleased with the game's authentic character design and Flik's fluid movements. On the other leg, the game's frequent pop-up and pixelated special effects may make you want to squash something.
Flik's adventure begins just before the oppressive Grasshoppers arrive at the colony. The anxious ant spends the rest of the game working his antennae to the exoskeleton. The game contains three basic kinds of levels, in which Flik must either find an exit, recover specific items, or defeat a boss.
Each level contains optional objectives, which provide challenges for players of all different skill levels. In the second level, for example, Flik must work his way through the tunnels of his home while avoiding Hopper's angry army. While younger players can simply focus on finding the exit, advanced players will want to solve puzzles and thoroughly explore until they have found all of a level's hidden items.
Many of the game's puzzles involve planting different types of seeds to grow platforms. Brown seeds sprout into mushrooms that double as trampolines, while green seeds grow into vines that can be used as ladders. Since seed cultivation is the most challenging aspect of A Bug's Life, you may want to read our Seed Almanac to learn the basics.
It's a big world out there, and a group of ghastly Grasshoppers could make any ant drop his seeds and run. The thin circumference of Flik's arm may prevent him from throwing a punch, but he's more than capable of flinging berries at enemies. Flik begins his quest with an unlimited supply of fruit, but he'll have to find more powerful breeds of berries to exterminate bigger bugs.
A Bug's Life gradually presents players with more complex puzzles in a gentle learning curve that should accommodate all players. While players will normally know what to do, they will sometimes find it difficult to complete tasks due to pesky play control.
Camera problems are responsible for the bulk of the play control issues, but it can also be difficult to control Flik while jumping from one platform to another. A bit of practice takes care of most platform perils, and manually moving the camera can prevent many a slip.
Projectile weapons can be tough to control in a 3-D environment, but Flik has been blessed with an excellent aiming system. Each of the ant's berries is equipped with a homing device that makes it difficult to miss an enemy, and as you find more powerful berries you can lock onto enemies at a greater distance.
In addition to the normal adventure, A Bug's Life contains a Challenge mode exclusively available on the Nintendo 64. In all, there are 60 challenges, in which Flik must race against the clock performing tasks ranging from collecting grain to destroying enemies. You can save your best times to a Controller Pak.
Even though A Bug's Life is missing a multiplayer mode, the challenges should keep players working their thoraxes long after the Adventure mode has been completed. This game will be a blast for Flik's fans, and even those who haven't seen the movie will be entertained by the colorful characters and the unique sensation of viewing the world from a bug's perspective. When else could you get the chance to walk around in a soda bottle?
Added by Evil Ryu (49941) on Jun 20, 2005
SCEE Australia website - PlayStation
From Oscar-winning Pixar - creators of Toy Story - and Disney Interactive comes an all-new 3D adventure based on the animated feature film A Bug's Life. Save the Ant colony from the greedy grasshoppers, find the wacky insect circus troupe and help Flik the ant win the heart of Princess Atta. With astounding graphics, a thrilling storyline and bonus clips from the movie, it's an epic adventure of miniature proportions!
Every year on Ant Island, the ant colony, under the rule of the Queen Ant and Princess Atta, who is training to succeed her aged mother, works tirelessly gathering food for winter. And every year, cold-hearted Hopper and his hungry horde of unruly grasshoppers ride through and extort food from the timid ant colony.
It's not only terrifying to the ants; it's downright humiliating! Flik, a klutzy but inventive worker, has built a harvesting contraption to help increase food production. Instead, it runs out of control and destroys the ants' food offering to the grasshoppers.
When the grasshoppers arrive, Hopper is furious with the colony's apparent lack of progress. Unwilling to listen to an explanation, Hopper demands "twice the food."
"We'll be back at the end of the season," Hopper intones, "when the last leaf falls." Flik is put on trial for his colossal mistake and brought before Princess Atta and the Ant Council. During the proceedings, Flik, unable to contain his thoughts and ideas, suggests they find bigger bugs to help defend the colony against the grasshoppers. Flik even volunteers to find them himself. Surprisingly, Princess Atta grants his request to go in search of the bugs, secretly hoping it will keep the jinxed Flik out of the way, allowing the colony to meet Hopper's demands without interruption.
Now Flik leaves the island in search of tough bugs, oblivious to the fact that the colony is more than happy to see him go. Once he gets to the big world outside, the adventures awaiting Flik change him and Ant Island forever!
The PlayStation version of A Bug's Life closely follows the movie's story, perfectly recreating the computer-generated characters and environments of the film. When you successfully complete the different levels you are rewarded with a movie sequence, which you can then save onto a Memory Card and play back in the in-game movie gallery.
Help Flik save the Ant Colony and win the heart of Princess Anna as he explores 16 free-roaming 3D environments full of unique characters and packed with action. A Bug's Life brings you (quite literally) down to grassroots as you explore the rich graphics and fascinating storyline of one of the world's smallest heroes.
Added by Xoleras (66397) on Jul 05, 2004