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The format of the game is slow-paced, pleasant, and neither too hard nor too easy. Kids do need to practice in order to "get it right", which is actually a good thing, extending the game and offering a "practice makes perfect" environment. The Peanuts characters and environment are recreated well. Children under 7 will need help solving the story mode. The mini-games are nothing we haven't seen already in some form or another, but the baseball activities are not only fun, they're instructional.
Any Peanuts or baseball fan will enjoy this game. After you beat the game, or if you don’t feel like playing the adventure part of it, you can just play a baseball game. Charlie Brown’s team has never won a game before and if you win, you get an especially happy ending. The harder difficulties offer replay ability too.
Peanuts: It's the Big Game Charlie Brown! is a good fit for young kids new to baseball. Full of Peanuts' humor and scenes from the comic strip, the adventure is charming, although it can get a little repetitive. Each of the characters recruited to the team comes to the baseball diamond with a mini-baseball game. In essence, these mini-baseball games serve as tutorials for how to play the actual game. You will learn to bat with Linus, pitch with Schroeder, field the ball with Lucy, run the bases with Pig-Pen, and manage the team with Peppermint Patty. When playing in the baseball simulation game, it never gets too challenging, which appropriately reflects the audience for which it was created. All in all, this is a clever way to introduce young children to the game of baseball.
It’s The Big Game, Charlie Brown! doesn’t simply use the Peanuts name to sell games: it is thought out and executed very well and appropriate for a large age range. The adventure mode is fun the first time through, recreating a believable Peanuts universe thanks to the spot-on graphics and sound. The mini-games are also plausible activities that link to the characters in the game. The baseball game uses simple controls but still manages to be a bit challenging, at least until you start connecting on hit after hit. It’s The Big Game, Charlie Brown! shows how a license is supposed to be used: to create a compelling and plausible game within the universe of that particular license. Those interested in a Peanuts-related game, or even just an adventure or baseball title, will find a lot to like in It’s The Big Game, Charlie Brown!.
Without making it harder, I think it could have had a more rich experience. In all, it’s going to please a young gamer, which is the point. I fear that the lack of replay value will not keep them coming back for more, which is a shame. Good natured characters like Schulz’s Peanuts gang are hard to come by, so when they do appear, I’d hope they stand and shine above the more sleazy offerings for families. Maybe we can get a fun, new Snoopy game in the future.
Parents might be disappointed that The Big Game isn’t brimming with the bittersweet Peanuts allegory they grew up with, but keep in mind that this is a kids’ title. And it’ll be a hit with kids who don’t mind settling into a chair and taking their time with a game.
I don't want to give the impression that It's The Big Game, Charlie Brown is a completely worthless experience. It is geared for youngsters and youngsters will enjoy being able to interact with the Peanuts gang and playing a baseball game against some of Charles M Shultz' generic extras. I have some personal issues with the voice acting and the low level of interactivity, but I do have to give Viva credit for the capturing the characters and the comic strip environments accurately. At the end of the day, I have no problems recommending this for kids ages 7 and up, but for oldster Peanuts fans like myself, this game is about as thrilling as watching Pig Pen's dust cloud..
It’s just not a fun game. Neither part of the game is particularly enjoyable to experience, and lack much of the charm typical of Charlie Brown; even the victory screen is a simple loop of two frames of animation and a few seconds of music. Even so, it’s not a game meant for me, and so when it comes to assigning it a score, it’s all about whether a child would enjoy it. The verdict? Maybe it could keep their attention for a while, but aside for the fact that they’re watching Charlie Brown walk around on the screen, I can’t imagine it being much fun for them, no matter their age.
It’s the Big Game, Charlie Brown is a game geared towards a younger audience. At least I hope that is the case because this game has very little to offer. The interactive experience revolves around Charlie Brown’s epic quest to gather his friends for a neighborhood game of baseball. I use the phrase “interactive experience” because this PC/Mac game is very skimpy on actual game play. It’s the Big Game, Charlie Brown will allow players to interact with their favorite Charlie Brown characters, but that is its only redeeming quality.
Any kid who plays It’s the Big Game, Charlie Brown will probably feel like they are being punished. Hell, I felt like I was being punished when I played through this stinker. So there you have it… If you want to punish your child or yourself with a dumpy RPG, then purchase It’s the Big Game, Charlie Brown. Do yourself a favor and pick up A Charlie Brown Christmas on DVD if you are looking for some enjoyable Peanuts entertainment.