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Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune

 

 

SCORE: 64

 

Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune 

 

Zoo Games has brought Army Men back to the video game world. I wondered if the old 3DO franchise would ever return in some form or another, and this Nintendo DS video game answers that question. Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune follows a boy who fights it out with the colored army men toys. This game is part imagination, and part third person shooter (camera is behind the back of the person who is visible and they shoot the enemy characters). Gamers get to be the size of the little toys, and work on completing the missions. The weapon of choice in this hand held game is a nerf style gun.

Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune has a lot of shooting involved, so parents concerned with the violence need to be made aware. The 3D graphics are a little bit better than I expected on the Nintendo DS. Pixelation is present, and there are issues with some details as well. The general teddy bear is a nice touch.

Zoo Games did not include realistic war sounds which I appreciate. The music is pleasant enough, and there are some great special effect sounds. I ran into no language issues with Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune. The missions are mainly trying to acquire enough of certain items. More on those later.

There are enough missions (editor: and some diversity among them) to keep gamers busy for a few weeks. Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune has some unlockable content, along with a few different modes. This is an area I think could have been improved upon. This DS game can be picked up for a fair price, so if you are into blowing up army men, then this game may be in your future.

Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune felt a lot like Doom to me. Sure Doom is a first person shooter, and more violent. Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune has the bad guys coming out from behind items at the most in-opportune moments. The controls are half touch screen (to shoot), and half controls on the DS. This is interesting, but also wound up to be irritating when trying to shoot straight ahead. I would always have to be just off to be able to hit the bad army men. I did enjoy seeing the different environments.

Army Men Soldiers of Misfortune teaches to get them before they get you. A child is used to get this message across. Those that are going to protect our freedoms through war could use a game like this one to keep their skills fresh and honed.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 64%
Sound: 62%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 63%
Family Friendly Factor: 57%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Zoo Games
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Cartoon Violence}

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