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Yogi Bear

 

 

SCORE: 80

 

Yogi Bear 

 

Have you ever heard the phrase: "there is nothing new under the sun?" Well that is how I feel about Yogi Bear. A new movie based on this character brings about a new video game. Please do not take this the wrong way. I like the Yogi Bear character, and I am pleased to play a new game based on him. I am also pleased that Family Friendly Gaming received a reviewable copy of this game.

Yogi Bear on the Wii is a side scrolling two dimensional game that is amazingly non-violent. Yogi can do a belly flop, or slide through enemies. This turns them upside and leaves them confused for a few seconds. This innovation to the genre is awesome. I love it when a game developer comes up with a way to deal with conflict in a positive way.

The movie scenes in Yogi Bear look decent, and there is a lot of diversity to the background graphics in the levels. Bats in caves can be difficult to see until they start flying. I believe this is by design though. There are various colors in Yogi Bear that each fit the theme of the game. Inside a level there are a lot of recycled graphics. This involves animals, platforms, and more. I smiled as I collected pie, and picnic baskets.

Speaking of those picnic baskets, Yogi Bear has some humorous comments when I collected them. He also had sound bytes in various other parts that had many of us cracking up. The music is cool, but those one liners help this game reach the next level. Anyone familiar with the franchise will immediately recognize many of the phrases. Yogi Bear on the Wii stays true to its roots.

It will take most gamers a few days to complete Yogi Bear. There are hidden items, as well as collectibles that will improve the replay value. Only one family member can play Yogi Bear at a time. I see this as a lost opportunity, because it would have been neat to play with Boo Boo at the same time. If you love 2D side scrolling games, or the movie you will take an interest in Yogi Bear on the Wii.

I ran into issues with the control scheme in Yogi Bear. Pressing down to belly flop on the D-pad while holding the Wii Remote sideways is not always the easiest thing to do. There are a lot of items to help gain tons of extra lives. They are needed in the levels where you have to avoid detection. Those levels are the most annoying thing because of how difficult they can be. I finished the first world only to find out I did not collect enough merit badges, and had to go back trying to find them. These may seem like little things, but they took away from my enjoyment of this Wii game.

Yogi Bear teaches us to take responsibility for our mistakes. The bear causes pictures of endangered animals to be lost. So he goes on a quest to have new pictures of them taken. Jellystone Park could be shut down if Yogi Bear does not complete his mission. There are a lot of very deep issues addressed there. There is the park system, as well as endangered species. Children that played Yogi Bear with me asked various questions on the topics.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 82%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 76%
Gameplay: 69%
Family Friendly Factor: 86%
System: Wii
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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