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Nickelodeon: Rocket Power - Beach Bandits (PlayStation 2)

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www.nintendo.com – GameCube:
    From skateboarding to surfing to in-line skating, if it shreds, the Rocket Power gang is all over it. Now the extreme kids from the hit Nickelodeon cartoon arrive on the Nintendo GameCube in a 3D-platform adventure, Rocket Power Beach Bandits.

    Like Sands Through the Hour Glass

    One of the highlights of summer for team Rocket Power is the Ocean Shores Surf Classic. It's their chance to catch some waves, hang-ten and frolic in the sand. There's only one problem -- where's the sand? It's up to you to help them get to the bottom of this mystery, and in the process fight Mr. A.I. Golem's robot minions.

    Lace up your sneakers and strap on your elbow pads as Otto, Reggie, Twister or Sam. Using your extreme sports skills you can explore 50 different levels throughout Ocean Shores, including The Lakes, The Robot Factory and Mondo Mountain. Throughout the game you will meet up with additional characters from the popular series including Eddie: Prince of the Netherworld, Mackenzie, Lars, Tito, Ray and Officer Shirley.

    From Grip Tape to Surf Wax

    Rocket Power Beach Bandits offers plenty of skateboarding, in-line skating and some old-fashioned running and jumping. The controls for each are spot-on and easy to pick up. The focus in Rocket Power Beach Bandits is doing cool tricks with ease, so don't expect a deep trick system akin to that found in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, et al.

    Instead, Rocket Power Beach Bandits focuses on exploration with an extreme-sports twist. For example, one of the early levels challenges you to find clues hidden throughout the Ocean Shores boardwalk. To get one of the clues you have to beat a sassy skater in a half-pipe competition.

    A helpful tutorial teaches you how to pull off moves like the 50/50 Grind, Air Walk and 360 Spin. The special moves for each character are impressive and fun.

    You can easily change characters by pausing the game and selecting a new name. Switching among the various modes of transportation is done the same way, but it's up to you to choose which one is appropriate. You'll have to become fairly proficient in each, though.

    When you come face to face with Mr. Golem's evil robots you can take them down with your trusty hockey stick. A slap shot to the circuit board will take care of most enemies. These pesky robots shouldn't be taken lightly though because they are programmed to destroy team Rocket Power. Double bogus!

    There are several multiplayer minigames to unlock so you can jam with a buddy. You can even revisit past levels by entering the Zine and choosing from a list. Other extras include a gallery of Rocket Power artwork and previews of other Nick Toons games.

    Rocket Power Beach Bandits is sure to please fans of the cartoon series. The colorful graphics, intuitive controls, and variety of levels will keep you busy for a while, but the gameplay may be too basic for older gamers.

    This game has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included).

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53448) on Dec 26, 2005.