The top box office hit for kids last week was the animated adventure-comedy movie, Rango. If you haven’t yet seen this kid flick starring Johnny Depp’s voice as Rango, here is the description of the movie:
From the director of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ comes ‘Rango,’ featuring Johnny Depp in an original animated comedy-adventure that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West. The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango (Depp), a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt — a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures — the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt…until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. Rango is an exciting new twist on the classic Western legend of the outsider who saves a town — and himself in the process.
While we haven’t had the chance to catch Rango in the movie theater yet (that’s what a 19 month old will do to you!), we were lucky enough to experience a little of Rango’s world from the comfort of our home video game-style.
We were sent Rango The Videogame for the Wii to test out. My kids were super excited to try out the new game as soon as it arrived. While I’m not a huge video game player myself, I have to say that I was blown away by the graphics on the game. These were movie quality graphics that felt like I was watching a DVD rather than playing a video game.
The video game is set in the same Wild West town of Dirt from the movie. The video game picks up where the film leaves off, having the player continue Rango’s journey in new “tall tales of action and adventure”.
My kids were excited about all the fun characters, wild chases and shootouts in the game. You play the sheriff, Rango, as you explore the town and fight off the evil villians (Bad Bill and Rattlesnake Jake to name a couple!) to keep all the town folk safe. You’ll even get a change to fight off outer space aliens that visit the town. What’s better than shooting aliens in the Wild West, right? Rango will take you on quite a few adventures to keep this game hopping.
The game is advertised for players of all ages and my 6 year old caught on very quickly to all the jumping, flying, dodging, punching and shooting that was required for play. My 4 year old, on the other hand, was a little young to master the gun combat so he preferred to watch his sister play. The 4 year old’s favorite part of the game (besides all the shooting) were the short tales that are played at the beginning and in between the adventures of the game. They are like watching mini-movies and my son loved them.
The game is easy to play but challenging enough for all ages (from 5 and up, in our opinion) while you destroy objects, defeat enemies and collect gold stars that can be used to purchase upgrades such as increased helth and increased mining benefits. Dad was in on the fun too and did quite a bit of Wild West shooting himself. This is a one player game, so we did have to teach dad how to share the Wii remote quite a bit during Rango play. We heard a lot of “let me show ya how it’s done” in a Wild West accent from dad when it wasn’t his turn.
Rango The Videogame is available for the Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS and in stores now. If you are looking for a fun, new game for the kids (or adults!) with fabulous movie-quality graphics that involves plenty of shootin’, brawlin’, flyin’, jumpin’, and ridin’, you have to check out Rango The Videogame! It’s tons of Wild West fun!