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If you have played the previous High School Musical games on the DS I believe that High School Musical 2: Work This Out! maybe a bit of a disappointment to you. The final version definitely could have used a few more months back in the shop and one cannot help but wonder if Disney even put together some focus groups prior to the release of the game. Sadly, I struggle with the idea this was the best Disney could do with this game as High School Musical 2: Work This Out! for the DS is far from top notch.
Pocket Gamer UK
So the burning question is whether it's still one to buy if you loved the films. Well, play for long enough and you'll unlock an album's worth of music. And while the mini-games are frustrating, it's hard to fail most of them on the easiest difficulty setting. If you've got a pair of headphones to spare everyone else in the room (unless you've found someone willing to play multiplayer with you, which thankfully only needs a single copy of the game), then High School Musical 2: Work This Out! is a fine enough way to live the film on your DS. But if you're looking for some music-based fun, there are far better experiences to be had – Elite Beat Agents might be a better place to begin.
In the interest of delivering an objective review we did test the game on several members of the target demographic (pre-teen girls), and the reactions ranged from lukewarm to mild disappointment. The difficulty of some mini-games and the repetitive music drew negative comments from our discerning young gamers, although they did enjoy recognising faces from the movie. Compared to the movie – and indeed the previous game, High School Musical 2: Work This Out! falls well short of our expectations. The replay factor just isn’t there, and once you get past that new game honeymoon period, chances are you will probably set it aside for good.
Seriously, what the crap Disney and A2M? You already made a High School Musical game that wasn't terrible. It wasn't great, but it was fun enough for kids and had a lot of appeal for fans of the movie. How did you manage to screw up the sequel so bad? The sad thing is that it seems like it took more work to make this game so clunky, boring, poor looking and tedious. The fact that the original soundtrack is infinitely superior is reason enough to buy the first game over this embarrassing sequel, plus you also don't have to suffer through horrible sandwich making minigames.
HSM 2 had an interesting premise going for it; the Lava Springs Resort is laid out well. Apparently all of the cartridge’s memory went towards the audio because there is no plot, there is no fun gameplay and the game is just too redundant to enjoy at all, even for the diehard HSM fans. Stay away from this game—you have been warned.
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