The advances in computer animation since Toy Story first hit cinemas have resulted in countless films that manage to delight and entertain families and young children around the world.
But while a two-hour stint at the cinema is limited in how long it will keep the little ones quiet, bringing the magic of these films into the home can satisfy young consumers even more.
Such movies translate perfectly to the video game medium, so it will come as no surprise that the latest flick from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation has a companion title hitting retail shelves alongside its silver screen debut in September.
Placed in the capable hands of Ubisoft, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs recreates events from its cinematic namesake, itself based on a popular chlidren’s book.
Players are invited to take up arms alongside the film’s heroes and save the world from food-based destruction.
The publisher has already proven itself with the game adaptations of Sony Pictures Animation’s previous family films, Open Season and Surf’s Up.
Players take on the role of the nerdy Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who yearns to create something so phenomenal it will improve everyone’s lives. After several failures, he discovers a way to convert water into food and, in an effort to solve world hunger, unleashes his invention on the atmosphere.
Initially, the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator seems to be a success as food begins to rain down on the world at regular and convenient intervals.
However, things soon take a turn for the worse when the weather begins to escalate out of control.
Soon the citizens are forced to seek safety as their homes are laid to waste by tomato sauce tornados and public institutes such as the local school are crushed beneath gigantic pancakes and maple syrup.
MUCH ADO ABOUT STUFFING
Gamers, as Flint, must use every invention at their disposal to try and reverse the damage or seek a solution that will restore the world to normal. Only by using these crazy gadgets will they be able to melt, punch, slice and dice the giant foodstuffs that threaten to cover the levels they explore.
They also have to contend with more hostile food, as the mutation process leads to certain delicacies gaining a life of their own.
Quick reflexes are required to evade attacks from walking roast chickens and miniature spaghetti twisters, with players bringing down their foes with a jab of a giant fork or a well-flung hamburger.
The action takes place across more than 20 levels from the movie and the developers’ own imaginations. Whether exploring the halls of Jelly Castle or scaling Ice Cream Falls, fans of the film will love the elaborate environments that are all in keeping with the film’s unique art style and universe.
Of course, players don’t have to go it alone. Flint’s faithful companion Steve The Monkey also makes an appearance and can be used as a playable character in the two-player co-op mode, allowing friends to work through the game together. Steve has his own unique abilities that can not only give Flint an advantage in combat but also open other areas.
Both of Sony Pictures Animations’ previous pictures, Open Season and Surf’s Up, were box office smashes so great things are expected from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.
Likewise, Ubisoft’s games under this partnership have proven to be highly successful in the past, so expect this title to be no different when it hits shelves this September.