Chicken Little: Ace in Action is an action-adventure video game based on the 2005 computer animated film Chicken Little. It was released for PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii and Windows in 2006.
The gameplay has been described as action-heavy, and compared to the Ratchet & Clank series. Throughout 24 levels in total, players enter sci-fi vehicles and blast enemies with guns, encounter 6 boss fights, and have other gaming experiences. GameSpot described it as having "Smash TV-esque mechanics".
The gameplay has been described as action-heavy, and compared to the Ratchet and Clank series. Throughout 24 levels in total, players enter sci-fi vehicles and blast enemies with guns, encounter 6 boss fights, and have other gaming experiences. GameSpot described it as having "Smash TV-esque mechanics".
The obligatory scene-setting animation out of the way, there are three main gameplay types to be found, spread across four planets with six missions apiece. When playing as Ace you get third-person action levels, blasting robots and scenery, unlocking doors and tackling enormous bosses. Ratchet and Clank is the obvious inspiration and while this offering doesn't come close in terms of weaponry and variety, it's a slickly constructed facsimile that doesn't skimp on explosions and action. Ace comes equipped with a blaster, shields and grenades - all of which can be upgraded threefold by collecting and spending "acornium" - and he also has a jetpack with which to glide across large gaps.
Other levels find you playing as Runt the fat pig, in his futuristic tank, and Abby the ugly duckling, in a hovership. Controls for both could benefit from a little tightening - especially the hovership's counter-intuitive use of the shoulder buttons to move up and down - but they carry the general sense of polish throughout the game. As with Ace, the vehicles can be beefed up with faster, more powerful weapons and stronger shields. Throughout, the game walks the fine line between progress and challenge with admirable success. The difficulty curve is pitched just about right for the Under 10 crowd, starting at ridiculously easy but it soon throws more and more enemies into the mix, to the point where it can even catch complacent adults off guard.
It's no Lego Star Wars but there's even some replay value, with hidden bonuses and unlockable content that rely on you returning to levels to hone your speed or accuracy, or simply exploring the hidden nooks and crannies a little more thoroughly. The more you find, the more acornium you amass, and the more powerful you become. The upgrade system works well enough, and actually requires some strategy as to how you'll spend your acornium loot. The final boss fight of the first planet, for instance, will prove surprisingly tough if you haven't enhanced Runt's tank and mastered strafing. As tactics go, this is basic stuff for adults, but just about right for younger players. You can also unlock two-player split screen games in which you compete for points in either the tank or hovership, with three maps for each vehicles. Nothing too challenging but, again, it's a perfectly acceptable My First Multiplayer experience.
Perhaps the most obvious sign that this isn't just a Christmas cash grab is that the voice cast from the movie have all reprised their roles. Zach Braff, Steve Zahn and Joan Cusack all return as Chicken Little, Runt and Abby respectively. As well as appearing in the cutscenes before each level, they pop up in voice form during play, squabbling over the controller or commenting on the action, cleverly maintaining the illusion that they're playing the game alongside you. Best of all, the voice of Ace is supplied by Adam West, in full ironic flow as yet another square-jawed superhero stereotype. Sure, he may be a little bit too Zapp Brannigan at times, but it's still good for a giggle. In fact, for long stretches it's easy to forget that you're playing a Chicken Little game at all and just enjoy the curious sight of a decent sci-fi cartoon shooter starring the campest Batman ever as a muscular space fowl.
08 May 2006Spectrobes, Turok and Desperate Housewives: The Game To Make World PremieresBURBANK, Calif. - (May 8, 2006) - Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced its largest and most diverse lineup ever of console, computer and handheld video game titles to be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth No. 1024 in the South Hall. With a broad portfolio of video games that appeals to a wide audience, BVG's portfolio includes titles inspired by major theatrical releases, popular and award-winning television shows and new intellectual properties. "Buena Vista Games' 2006 portfolio features the most diverse and extensive product mix to date, with titles based on the rich movie and television brands of The Walt Disney Company and new original properties that we look to build into evergreen franchises for the future," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "We continue to strengthen our self-publishing business with compelling new games that have broad entertainment appeal across all audiences and all major markets worldwide." For console game players, BVG will showcase a broad range of titles including Turok, an FPS game set on a mysterious planet that is based on the Classic Media comic book license; Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action, based on the "super hero movie within a movie" of the box office hit film "Chicken Little"; Disney's Meet the Robinsons, inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' futuristic computer-animated film; Lumines Plus, the first console extension of the highly popular Lumines puzzle franchise; and Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch?, the first console game based on the hit Disney Channel franchise. For Windows PC users, Desperate Housewives: The Game, based on the award-winning ABC/Touchstone Television series "Desperate Housewives" will be available for game play for the first time. BVG's strategy for its kids games portfolio is focused on three endeavors in 2006 - the launch of the Disney on the Go brand; new efforts in handheld preschool learning games with the launch of Disney's Little Einsteins for Game Boy® Advance; and migrating handheld franchise hits to the console for sophisticated gameplay in a family-safe environment with Disney's Kim Possible for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. BVG will showcase handheld games for all major handheld platforms (the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance). The company's handheld portfolio will include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, based on the upcoming summer blockbuster movie; Spectrobes, a new original title being developed in Japan; Lumines II, Every Extend Extra and Meteos: Disney Edition, action puzzle games from Q ENTERTAINMENT; and games based on popular Disney Channel properties including "Hannah Montana," "Little Einsteins," "American Dragon," "Phil of the Future," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "That's So Raven" and more. Also, BVG will present new titles for young girls based on the Disney Princess franchise including a game based on the upcoming DVD release of "The Little Mermaid." Along with its self-publishing business, BVG continues to work with its licensing partners on phenomenal games based on Disney and DisneyPixar properties. THQ Inc. will showcase DisneyPixar Cars and Bethesda Softworks will show Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow in their respective booths at E3. Console GamesTurok* Turok is an epic, story-driven FPS game set on a dark, mysterious planet in the near future. Players take on the role of Joseph Turok, a former Black Ops commando, now part of an elite Special Forces squad on a mission to take down a war criminal on a genetically-altered planet. After the ship is shot down while approaching the planet, Joseph Turok must use his instincts and elite military training to elude an army of well-trained soldiers, and the ravenous, unpredictable creatures that populate the dangerous environment. Joseph Turok's mission? Survive at all costs.Platforms: Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systemRelease Date: 2007Lumines Plus* Lumines Plus is a pulsing new version of the original PSP system game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Lumines Plus includes new skins and a two-player battle mode.Platform: PlayStation 2Release Date: Fall 2006 Disney's Meet The Robinsons Disney's Meet the Robinsons, based on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated film, is a time-traveling action/adventure game. Players will experience the adventure as Wilbur Robinson, helping him chase the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy and his diabolical robotic hat Doris through multiple timelines in an attempt to thwart their evil plans. The game weaves in and out of the film's plot, expanding the Robinson world and offering an all-new adventure. Wilbur will have a host of gadgets at his disposal as he battles enemies and solves puzzles while pursuing Bowler Hat Guy and trying not to alter the future.Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy AdvanceRelease Date: 2007Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action Inspired by the "superhero movie within the movie" finale of Walt Disney Pictures' box office hit film "Chicken Little," Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action features Ace, the superhero alter ego of Chicken Little, and the Hollywood versions of his misfit band of friends: Runt, Abby and Fish-Out-of-Water. The crew of the intergalactic Battle Barn faces off against Foxy Loxy and her evil Amazonian sidekick, Goosey Loosey, who have an evil plan to take over Earth. Battle evil alien robots through multiple levels across the solar system and combat your foes in one of three distinct game play modes: Ace on foot as a soldier, Runt as the driver of an armored tank, or Abby as the pilot of a spaceship. The original Chicken Little and his friends Abby, Runt and Fish we know from the film are featured in cut scenes throughout the game.Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DSRelease Date: Fall 2006 Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Kim Possible and her perennial nemesis Shego must grudgingly team up to bring everything back to normal when the minds of Dr. Drakken and Ron Stoppable are switched in this action-packed adventure. It's now up to Kim and Shego to save the day - together.Platform: PlayStation 2Release Date: Fall 2006Windows PC GameDesperate Housewives: The Game A lifestyle simulation game for Windows based on the hit ABC/Touchstone Television phenomenon, Desperate Housewives: The Game lets you become the newest housewife on Wisteria Lane, extending the experience from the TV series through new storylines. As a new housewife, you must uncover delicious scandals and reveal some shocking secrets of your own. The gameplay is a story-driven adventure, in which each episode contains unique plot points and secrets for you to uncover.Platforms: Windows XP and Windows VistaRelease Date: Fall 2006 Handheld Games Spectrobes An original concept and new intellectual property from Buena Vista Games, Spectrobes introduces two junior Interplanetary Patrol officers named Rallen and Jeena who learn of strange, prehistoric creatures called Spectrobes that possess special powers. These Spectrobes hold the key to defeating a vicious and merciless force, known only as the Krawl that threatens to destroy the galaxy. The two heroes embark on a mission to save their galaxy - to do so they must excavate, awaken, train and collect all the Spectrobes they can and battle to defeat the Krawl.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: To Be Announced Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, based on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' film, is a swashbuckling third-person action/adventure. Players will engage in game play that reflects the cunning world of the film franchise -- with an abundance of disloyalty, humor and revenge. Players embark on a daring adventure while sword dueling and hunting for hidden treasure in the quest for the legendary Dead Man's Chest.Platforms: PSP system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy AdvanceRelease Date: June 2006Lumines II Lumines II is the highly anticipated sequel to the extremely addictive puzzle-based video game, Lumines. Gamers control squares made of four smaller block pieces that are dropped into the playing field one at a time to form same-color squares. The vertical "timeline" sweeps across the playing field from left to right and wipes the same-color squares from the playing field. Unmatched blocks pile up, and the game ends when the pile gets to the top of the playing screen. Advance through many action-packed levels, each with its own musical theme and sound effects.Platform: PSP systemRelease Date: Fall 2006Every Extend Extra Every Extend Extra is a unique "puzzle shooter," brought to the PSP system by the creators of the critically acclaimed hit Lumines. Every Extend Extra delivers an addictive gameplay experience through a fusion of arcade-style shooting action, cutting-edge music and visuals. Players evade enemy attacks and then use perfect timing to blast their foes in a colorful display of explosive chain reactions. The bigger the chain reaction results in the higher the score and the larger the rewards.Platform: PSP systemRelease Date: Fall 2006 Meteos: Disney Edition Meteos: Disney Edition is a new version of the popular galactic action puzzle title Meteos featuring beloved Disney characters.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: Fall 2006 BVG will also showcase upcoming handheld titles including for the Nintendo DS:Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark DragonDisney's Kim Possible: Global GeminiHannah Montana That's So Raven: Psychic on the SceneDisney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble Games for the Game Boy Advance include:The Cheetah GirlsPhil of the Future.W.I.T.C.H. Licensed GamesDisneyPixar Cars Published by THQ, Cars, the video game, is a high performance interactive experience in the open world created in the film, challenging players to relive the excitement created by Lightning McQueen and his friends. Fans will discover unique characters and environments inspired by the film with more than 10 playable characters and 30 races and mini games to choose from. The game features a fully immersive recreation of all major environments introduced in the movie, including Radiator Springs and Ornament Valley, which will offer distinctive racing experiences to players while maintaining the artistic style of the film.Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube®, Nintendo DS, PSP system, Game Boy Advance, Windows PC and Mac Release Date: June 2006; Xbox 360 and Wii versions - Fall 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow What's not to love about Captain Jack Sparrow? Play as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann as you hack and slash your way through fully interactive environments, including burning buildings, wrecked ships, and misty moonlit caves. One minute you are fighting hordes of enemies and the next you're evading capture by the Royal Navy. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is being published by Bethesda Softworks.Platforms: PlayStation 2 and Windows PCRelease Date: Summer 2006About Buena Vista Games Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to www.bvg.com # # # 2b1af7f3a8