I have to tear Daniel (4, nearly 5) away from the PS4 at the moment. It’s partly due to the fact that his big brother William (10) plays on it, and partly because he loves it and it keeps him occupied! I’m only human and I need to get things done occasionally. My husband also plays with him, and we limit his screen time. There can be benefits to them too. His hand eye coordination is off the charts and you’d be amazed at his vocabulary. It also fires his imagination, he loves to run around as if he’s in game play, and interacts with his friends. Today on the blog we have a review of a brand new game out for the PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. It’s called Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure. Here’s a little video preview:
We were so excited, I first watched Ice Age before we even had children, then when my kids were little we started watching them together. Daniel has grown up watching them. We always have a laugh together when Scrat shows up. We never knew that was his name, the kids just called him ‘The Silly One.’ That also became the name for the films, Daniel would say “Silly One” and we’d know what he wanted to watch!
Now we get to bring our favourite character to life! Scrat gets to start his adventure in the Scratazon temple – he has to collect all the Crystal nuts, but it’s not so easy. He has to crawl across walls, across lakes and waterfalls to collect all the nuts. There’s an autosave feature, meaning when you go past a save block, and then you die, you go back to that point and not back to the beginning. I think it’s so important to keep their attention.
I just love the scenery and attention to detail in the game. There are waterfalls, aztec themes, lava and some other Ice Age characters you will recognise. I have spotted Manny and Ellie among others. Scrat also gets to fight – there are naughty bugs and crabs that need squishing. Daniel says “Hi-ya!” in a Kung Fu type way whilst he smashes the nasties. If they catch you, you lose crystals. If you fall off somewhere too hard, you disappear and have to start from the last save point.
All in all we’re very impressed with the quality of the game and the characterisation. We enjoy playing it together as a family, taking turns to see who gets the crystal nuts the fastest. It brings smiles all round and reminds us of good times. It would make a great Christmas gift for your little gamer and Ice Age fan. You can get your copy from Amazon, Game, Smyths Toys or The Game Collection. Here’s a few more photos of the game in action. Daniel has his serious concentrating game face on.
Who’s your favourite Ice Age character? Would you give the game a go?