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Monsters vs. Aliens Review

These days it The visuals in MvA (DS) are fairly decent given the limitations of the DS hardware. Characters and levels are your basic 3-D models and obstacles set against a 2-D backdrop. The animations are fairly good and help to offset the otherwise blocky look of the characters. The textures are a bit grainy, but the game as a whole is reasonably well done from a visual standpoint. Of course, this is still a DS game, and it isn The audio is probably the best part of this game, particularly the excellent voicework. This is really no surprise, since the voices are done by many of the original actors. The dialogue is decent as well, conveying a good sense of character personality. The music features good instrumentation and makes for reasonable background music, but it Most of the gameplay revolves around the platformer sections of the game, something the DS handles just fine. Movement is controlled by the directional pad, with standard jump and attack buttons. The game also features a laser/mirror type puzzle, which uses the touchscreen to let players move and rotate mirrors on the puzzle board. From a control perspective, the touchscreen works great for this minigame.

During the platformer sections, there are also some abilities that require the touchscreen. For example, the B.O.B. character can disguise himself if the player traces an object outline in the drawing area. Players will probably want to use the stylus for this and will have to switch from the d-pad to the stylus on the fly. The touchscreen is also used to move Ginormica left and right during the roller-skating sections of the game. The mandatory use of the touchscreen is a bit awkward, especially for a section where the d-pad would have worked just fine.

Another type of gameplay is the 3-D romp through the city controlling Insectosaurus. Sadly, this minigame is surprisingly unsatisfying, partly because the d-pad controls don As covered in the discussion about controls, the game is pretty much your standard run-of-the-mill linear action platformer, with a handful of If there

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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