With Charles M. Schulz’ world-renowned and beloved comic strip Peanuts celebrating its 65th anniversary this year (2015), with the help of Activision and developed by Behaviour Interactive, comes The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure! This is based off of the movie, The Peanuts Movie, which also premiered this year in November. I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it was great seeing Peanuts characters on the big screen, hope they do more. The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is a 3D side-scrolling exploration type game with, of course, starring the Peanuts gang themselves and mostly Snoopy. You can also receive help from one of Snoopy’s best friends, Woodstock, as you navigate your way through Snoopy’s imagination, yes, Snoopy’s imagination. Its a great idea, and they use it to their advantage very well. Let’s get to it then!
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is obviously targeted towards a younger audience, unlike myself, but its cute artwork and quite simple to understand platforming design is still very enjoyable for any age. As you go around collecting jelly beans and finding some of the gang along the way, navigating through tons of wonderfully created worlds such as the moon, the deep jungle and even a Parisian Underground, which is personally my favorite. Also for sure worth noting that there are Beagle Scouts scattered throughout every level and sometimes it can be a challenge to get to them. Some of them, however, aren’t possible to get to unless you change costumes, which give you special abilities that the previous one did not. All of the costumes are such a great addition, worth noting, it makes the game great in my opinion.
The game is a 3D side-scroller, like I said before, and is best suited for that. They did such a splendid job on the backgrounds of the worlds and makes the game worth getting. I would also like to say that the only problem with the game, which, not really a problem seeing as its directed to a certain demographic instead of a whole, the difficulty inside the game is slim to none. Some people may also get upset to the fact that every level has just one song, which you can usually easily tell that it is a Peanuts theme once you hear them. I love the music, even if it loops often, I didn’t personally find myself getting annoyed because of that fact. I would agree with others though that there probably should be some diversity in that case. I think they’ve done a great job with what they had, I cannot really go THAT in-depth in the game because, well, I already mostly explained it. The game itself is quite simple and easy to pick up and play for anyone, I do mean anyone, and that is a great thing for any game. Few times nowadays do I see many games like that, seeing as it is a movie adaptation also, that is quite rare. I know a lot of people will say that movie adaptations in games are usually lousy, I will say this one is NOT lousy by any stretch. I can understand you may not enjoy it as much as a child or something like that, but I don’t see how anyone could truly dislike this game. The game itself is just so darn lovable as much as everything else Peanuts.
I know I said it a lot but, if you are a big fan of the Peanuts characters, or Snoopy for that matter, you have to consider the game. You may not find yourself having trouble if you are over the age of say, 12, but it can still be just as fun if you like Peanuts as much as I do. If you are getting this game for your child (aged 12 or under most likely) I think its a solid choice. It kept my attention, and I’m quite a ways past the age directed, so overall, that isn’t that big of a problem. I loved the game because it was Peanuts, and if you are like me, then you will too!
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