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Simba's Mighty Adventure ROARS! The kid in me really enjoyed playing this game.
Gameplay has quite a bit to offer, the levels are somewhat challenging and adventurous, there is some cool mini-games and bonus puzzles too. I like the fact that the gameplay flows in line with the original storyline of the Lion King. Simba's capabilities and challenges grow with him; from a fearless cub to the king of the beasts. All ages should find this a truly entertaining game to play.
It's indeed a 'paradox' (which is also the name of the developer) that a license as big as "The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure" was given such mediocre treatment with the gameplay, graphics and control. Yet, when it comes to sound and movie clips, no expense was apparently spared by either Disney Interactive or Activision (go figure!). For the $40 asking price though, you're getting an evening-long game that high on production values but low on replayability. Your call.
Während die ältere Spielergeneration das Joypad aufgrund der insgesamt doch recht kurzen Spielzeit und des niedrigen Schwierigkeitsgrades recht schnell zur Seite legen wird, werden alle jüngeren Simba-Fans sicherlich glänzende Unterhaltung finden und durch die zahlreichen Mini-Games und Filmchen, die auch separat anwählbar sind, immer wieder zu dem neuesten Jump&Run aus dem Hause Disney zurückkehren.
Insofern versteht sich die Wertung auch als Ergebnis eines Kinder-Jump&Runs. Im direkten Vergleich zur Konkurrenz für die älteren Freunde von Hüpfspielen können getrost 20% von der Gesamtwertung abgezogen werden, denn von der Klasse eines Crash Bandicoot oder Rayman ist Simbas großes Abenteuer etwa so weit entfernt wie ein Mini-Cooper von der Formel Eins.
As I played Simba's Mighty Adventure, it became apparent that this is one of those games you play once or twice and put on the shelf for the next time you want a good laugh. It isn't a terrible game to purchase, but you should probably buy it only if it is on sale. The game has its moments--they may be few and far between, but there are still things that players of a younger age category could really get into. In my opinion, if you want to watch talking cartoon animals you should just rent the movie instead of buying the game.
In the end, Simba's Mighty Adventure is a solid adventure with some extras to keep younger audiences entertained. While it includes scenes from two movies in its nine levels, the main focus seems to be on the original film. Nice graphics and good control are its strengths, while ordinary gameplay and some perspective problems are its drawbacks.
I'd like to go on and on about how when I was a kid I was playing games that were about 100 times more complex than most of today's kid-targeted titles and didn't have any problems with them, but I won't. I'll cut things short by saying that even if you're in the market for an overly simple, cookie-cutter, kid-targeted game, there are better ones available on the system. 102 Dalmatians, for one, offers pretty much the same thing this game does but with better graphics, superior level design and much better mini-games. The only reason to pick this up is if your kid really wants a Lion King game, because if he or she does, the chances are that the cinemas and the fact that it's a Lion King game will be enough.
The Lion King: Simba's Adventure is just milking an old cash cow. Not a single spark of imagination went into the creation of this game. You're better off watching the movies again. Not only is the movie a copy of another movie, it's now a game which copies a movie which copies another movie. Too much copying means no innovation.