Ah licensed games. There are so many of them out there and very few that deliver quality video games. With everyone’s favorite little blue people headed to the big screen this summer, it was inevitable that we would be treated to a video game counterpart. Although this game was developed by the talented team at WayForward, the game is far from a treat.
How the The Smurfs 2 fair? Read our official Smurfs 2 review and find out.
The Smurfs 2 is described as a video game that is an action-packed adventure platformer that provides Smurfs fans of all ages with the opportunity to dive into the magical Smurfs Village and relive iconic moments and key environments from the feature film.
Although the game looks pretty nice on the TV, the title doesn’t deliver as a whole. The story begins with Smurfette being kidnapped by new Smurfs called the Naughties. The evil Gargamel is commanding the naughties and has cast a spell on the critters of the forest, turning them against you and your Smurf friends. Bits and pieces of the story are presented between worlds in the form of cartoon still-frame images. These still frame images feature a hand-drawn art style that is more reminiscent of the original television show than the summer blockbuster.
Gameplay wise, this is a traditional platforming title…Albeit not a great platforming title. The game feels generic and runs a bit slow which is a shame given the talented team at WayForward. It’s hard to ignore the fact that the Wii U already has some great platforming titles, so this game needed to deliver a better experience and just fell flat. Each Smurf has a special move that generally correlates with their distinct personality type and it was fun choosing between all the different Smurf types. I had my kids play the game and while they were entertained for a little while, they ultimately wanted to play something else (they actually asked for the Smurfs dancing title that came out a few years back).
All in all there isn’t much more to say about The Smurfs 2. It’s a VERY BASIC platformer that doesn’t truly deliver. The environments looks nice and detailed but the games slow pace and the not-so-fun gameplay bog this one down. If you are dying to play a new Smurfs title, this will obviously fit the bill but I would suggest playing the “Just Dance” Smurf title instead.
Overall Myvideogamenews score: 5 out of 10.
Thanks for reading and thanks to Ubisoft for supplying this review copy.