Dominic Sacco


The makers of family film favourite Ice Age are delivering another animal-based comedy – Rio – in time for Easter.

THQ is providing fans of Blue Sky Studios’ film with a video game adapation that hits shelves as the film arrives on Friday, April 8th.

Not to be confused with Rovio’s Angry Birds spin-off mobile game, THQ’s Rio is a separate boxed release for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS.

The game features more than 40 mini-games such as exploding fireworks, dodgeball, dancing and a host of projectile-firing missions. There are five separate modes for added replay value – story, party, carnaval, carnaval wheel and garland gala.

Up to four players can take control of characters from the fim including Blu the bird and his female friend Jewel. And there’s no need to return to a menu screen if more people want to play – users can simply drop in and out of the game as and when they choose.

Similar to Nintendo’s popular Mario Party franchise, the aim is to finish in first place overall after taking part in a variety of mini-games.

The road to Rio

THQ’s game offers a fleshed out extension to the film. With an all-star cast featuring Will.I.Am, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and Jesse Eisenberg, and a plot that promises plenty of laughs, Rio is set to be a Box Office smash.

The film follows the story of domesticated macaw Blu who travels to Rio with his more confident friend Jewel and a group of witty city birds. Playable characters also include Pedro, Raphael, Nice ad Eva.

All of the film’s locations have made it into the game too, including the rainforest, Capacabana Bearch and the streets of Rio. 

Portable adventure

Rio on DS offers a slightly different experience to the console versions of the game, with users able to use the stylus to somersault, bounce and dodge their way across stages in this musical platformer. Users can even take a photo of themselves or a friend using the DSi before dancing the samba.

The Sky is the limit

Rio is produced by Blue Sky Studios – the same film studio which has worked on hit animated kids’ films Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.


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