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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventures
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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventures

3/11/2005

30.00

The Bottom Line
A non-violent children's video game that is fun and teaches logical thinking.
In this video game, kids join Pooh on five adventures that recall the events surrounding the birthdays of Piglet, Tigger, Roo, Eeyore, and Pooh. In each adventure, the goal is to accomplish tasks that help to make a special birthday event occur. For example, in Tigger’s birthday adventure, Pooh and his friends all want to dress up as Tigger for a special birthday photo. Unfortunately, two of the Tigger costumes have blown away. Finding them takes some doing: Players help Eeyore catch some butterflies to use to lift Piglet over a ravine. Once on the other side, Piglet knocks over a hollow tree so that Pooh can use the tree as a bridge to cross the ravine and retrieve one of the missing costumes. Kids switch between playing as Pooh. Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore, depending on whose special skill is needed to further the adventure.
The console version has many kid-smart features. The game cleverly blocks paths in and out of unnecessary scenes so that kids don’t spend too much time wandering aimlessly in the Wood. In every scene there are special honey pots to find. If adorable Pooh “tummy-bumps” a sparkling object, it will release several honey pots. These pots come in handy whenever Pooh needs to lure away a swarm of bees. And the game has a frequent autosave feature, making it easy to pick up and put down.
Also special to the console version is the “Junior Mode” and five multiplayer mini-games. The “Junior Mode” opens a special area of the Hundred Acre Wood where there is no gaming objective, just lots of sparkling objects to explore. By interacting with these sparkling objects, preschoolers trigger special animations, including Pooh floating by with a balloon or Piglet petting a frog.
Parents, this is a gentle game with no fighting or violence. By playing the adventure, kids learn how to solve simple logic exercises. However, one thing mars this otherwise child-friendly game: Heffalumps can scare your child. At various times in the adventure, Heffalumps and Woozles will chase your character. If a Heffalump catches your character, it will look down from a great height and bellow loudly. Pooh and his friends act scared, and your little ones might be scared too. To avoid this scariness, choose the “Junior Mode.”
The GameBoy Advance version, while more complicated, follows the same storyline and is so similar in play to the console version that you should decide to buy one but not both versions. This version requires a lot of reading so it is best for ages 7 and 8. Unlike the console version, the GameBoy version doesn’t autosave. Rather, it uses the burdensome process of having kids record password numbers, and then reenter them to restart a level. Nevertheless, testers enjoyed this kid-friendly adventure.

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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventures
Company: Ubisoft
Price: 30.00