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Game Info:

Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff
Developed by: Behavior Interactive
Published by: Majesco Entertainment
Release Date:  August 13, 2013
Available on: 3DS (reviewed), DS, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
Genre: Platformer
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Price: 29.99
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Thank you Majesco Entertainment for sending us this game to review!

Summer vacation is almost over, but Phineas and Ferb have nothing monumental to show for it.  While being left home with their teenage sister, they come up with the idea to start a museum and fill it up with cool stuff from around this planet and even the moon.   

There are four areas to explore including ancient temple ruins, the ocean, and the weightlessness of the moon.   With the help of their A.T.T. (All-Terrain Transformation Vehicle) Phineas and Ferb can ride rail tracks, drill through, and jump across many obstacles.   Some of the obstacles are impenetrable until the A.T.T. gets some required upgrades like a headlight or a tougher drill head.  Though some of the levels are partially inaccessible, others cannot be accessed at all until the required upgrades are made.  

Highlights:

Strong Points: Great portrayal of characters from the show; fun platformer style gameplay that rewards you for finding all of the collectibles but doesn't punish you if you don't
Weak Points: The voice acting is easy to hear but the background music requires headphones to enjoy it; not much of a challenge for veteran gamers; short gameplay
Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

In order to perform an upgrade, Phineas and Ferb must collect sprockets which are scattered throughout the levels and receive the blueprints for the part.  Blueprints are typically given as a reward for completing a quest from their friends.  The quests range from collecting a rare artifact to completing a level under a certain time limit. 

Other than sprockets, Phineas and Ferb can collect treasure chests and rubber duckies.  The treasure chests add inventory to the museum while the rubber duckies can double or triple the amount of sprockets you get depending on how many you have located.  On the levels starring Perry the Playpus, you get to collect garden gnomes instead of treasure chests.  A level is considered fully cleared when all of the treasure chests or garden gnomes have been acquired.

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 76%
Gameplay - 14/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

To find these items you have to go off of the beaten path and explore a bit.  Some of the items are behind fake walls, so keep your eyes open.  Like many 2D platformer games there are plenty of jumping puzzles and enemies to stomp on.  Be careful as some of the enemies cannot be touched, but they can be avoided.  While Phineas and Ferb only have a few hit points, they do have unlimited lives.  In the event that they die, they will be respawned at the closest checkpoint.

Given the infinite lives and no major boss battles, this game can be beaten by anyone no matter their skill level.  While this is great for younger kids, veteran gamers will have to look elsewhere for an adrenaline rush.   I spent a little less than five hours before beating the game.  Yes, I could go back and find the treasure chests that I missed, but I'll save that for my kids to do.  

 

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