Dad of Divas' Reviews: Game Review - RIO (WII)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Game Review - RIO (WII)

About the Game
From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes RIO, a 3D comedy adventure about Blu, a rare domesticated bird who travels to the exotic land of Rio. In this multiplayer video game, Blu goes on the adventure of his life, with the help of his female counterpart, Jewel, and a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds.

  • Over 40 Mini-Games: Compete in a variety of action-packed mini-games that keep players coming back for more
  • 7 Playable Characters: Play as your favorite characters: Blu, Jewel, Pedro, Nico, Raphael, and Eva
  • 6 Unique Modes: Play your own selection of mini-games in the way you want (Story, Party, Carnaval, Carnaval Wheel, and Garland Gala)
  • Drop in and Drop out Multiplayer: Jump in to challenge your friends (up to 4 players) at any point in the game
  • Recreate your Favorite Moments: Journey through the rainforest, Copacabana Beach, Rio streets and much more

“RIO is one of the biggest family film events of the year and is tailor made to be enjoyed through a video game that will bring the same experience to gamers of all ages,” added Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, New Media for Fox Consumer Products.

On Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii systems, up to four players can compete with each other in 40 mini-games as one of the six playable characters from the film: Blu, Jewel, Pedro, Nico, Raphael, and Eva. Players can compete in five unique modes as they journey through Rio to win first place in the ceremony at the Carnaval ceremony. Rio also features quick “jump in, jump out” gameplay, allowing players to enter and exit a game as they please – making it perfect for family and party fun.

For on-the-go excitement, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi™ versions offer a completely different game from the console version via a rhythm-based adventure. As the main character from the film, Blu, players can use their stylus to discover Latin and hip hop beats as they navigate through 20 levels and seven colorful locations. Rio also features four fun mini-games where players will be able to party with the other characters from the film.

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About Rio
RIO is a new family comedy adventure from Blue Sky Studios, the makers of the ICE AGE franchise. The 3-D film focuses on a domesticated Macaw named Blu, who travels to the faraway and exotic land of Rio de Janeiro to find Jewel, the only other bird of his species. Not long after Blu and his owner/best friend Linda arrive in Rio, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers, and with the help of a group of wise-cracking and smoothtalking city birds, Blu will have to learn to fly, escape the kidnappers, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

RIO will hit theaters April 15, 2011 and boasts an amazing voice cast including the talents of Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jamie Foxx along with original songs from Grammy® Award Winner and hip hop megastar (Black Eyed Peas), Taio Cruz, Brazilian bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes and a film score composed by John Powell (Grammy Award® Winner for Happy Feet).
    My Take on the Game
    This game is a ton of fun. My daughter and I have been plugging through the story section of the game at first and we both were very impressed with the game play as well as the plot. I was very impressed with the graphics on this game as well. The game was quite interactive and some levels within the game were much more challenging than others (in my opinion) and game controls overall were good, but again there were some games that it did not seem as responsive as others (such as in playing the bongos).

    The hardest part of the game, for me, was keeping track of my character in some of the games as some of the games become very busy and it is easy to lost track of your guy and instead just keep hitting buttons hoping that you are hitting what you need to hit.

    All-in-all though, this was a fun game and one that I know that we will be playing for a long time to come!

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