Phineas and Ferb (video game)

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Phineas and Ferb
PhineasFerbGame.jpg
North American box art.
Developer(s) Altron
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Series Phineas and Ferb
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • NA February 3, 2009
  • EU March 27, 2009
  • AUS September 23, 2009
Genre(s) Action, platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Phineas and Ferb is an action platform video game published by Disney Interactive Studios about the animated television series of the same name for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in North America on February 3, 2009, while its United Kingdom release was on March 23. The Australian release came later on September 23, 2009. The game is the first Phineas and Ferb video game and the first to be released for the DS.

The game's basic plot is similar to the show, as the player controls Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother Ferb Fletcher as they take part in several schemes and adventures for their summer vacation. The two as well attempt to avoid their sister Candace, who is persistent in trying to "bust" them. Mini games are scattered throughout the game, building up the side foundation.[1]

The game was not affiliated with the creators of the show itself, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. The two had little to no information on it until its release.[2]

Candace makes an appearance in the game. She is unable to "bust" the boys if the player enters X, Y, L, R, followed by select and is designated by a chime. Phineas and Ferb hide from her to avoid getting busted by jumping on the other's shoulders. This also allows them to interact with other, normally unavailable objects.

The controls of the game are simple, basic keys normal for most DS games. To move, the player uses the control pad, while the "A" and "B" buttons are used to jump and run.[3] The game's final segment takes place on a track where the boys race on their roller coaster.[1] This particular scenario allows for a turbo boost by use of the "R" button.[3] The game as well features an in-between mini game, featuring Perry the Platypus fighting and foiling the evil plans of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, an evil mad scientist.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The game's each, individual seven levels are based on an episode of the television series.[4] The first stage of the game consists of Phineas and Ferb beginning their plans to destroy and construct a giant roller coaster. Phineas primarily is the one in his duo to actually find and gather the tools and objects necessary for it, while Ferb primarily is used to actually utilize each device. The two need to avoid their sister, Candace, as she is persistent in her desire to bust them and get them in trouble with their mom. Once every part in the needed list is found, the two construct the devices in the form of little puzzles which end with the creation of roller coaster tracks and engines. Once everything has been completed, the two race in the roller coaster down the tracks to compete. Throughout their way, they as well build other devices, from a water slide to a winter wonderland, and occasionally bump into the neighborhood bully, Buford.[1][4] After constructing all 5 rides in the game, Candace prepares her ultimate busting attack, after which Phineas remarks "Hey, where's Perry?" You suddenly find yourself playing as Perry the Platypus fighting in Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc, the player using the Touch Screen to help Perry fight Doof. After Perry's final attack, the resulting explosion obliterates all the rides Phineas and Ferb have made throughout the game, right as Candace drags her Mom into the backyard. Phineas and Ferb, not knowing what just happened, build a time machine and send themselves back to before the rides were destroyed.

Development[edit]

The game was inspired by the top-rated animated series Phineas and Ferb, which was created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh.[5] The series was inspired by Povenmire's youth growing up in Mobile, Alabama, where his mother encouraged him to go out and do projects. He met and befriended Marsh while working on The Simpsons, later moving on with him to work on Rocko's Modern Life, where they initially created the series. Years later, the two pitched it and got it on Disney Channel.[6]

The game itself was published by Disney Interactive Studios. Altron, a Japanese private game developer and publisher, developed the game.[7] The game had no actual connection with the show creators; Povenmire knew almost nothing about the game until he was given it himself.[2] Phineas and Ferb makes use of a program known as DGamer, which allows the player to connect to an online community via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.[1] This was a large part of marketing the game during release and apparently was a key part to development.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

Phineas and Ferb
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 76.67%[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameTrailers 1.0/10[10]
IGN NR[11]

The game was released on February 3, 2009, in North America.[5] The United Kingdom release was on March 27, 2009.[12] Australia released it on September 23, 2009.[13] In North America, the game was rated by the ESRB "E" with a content warning of "Comic Mischief."[3]

The games reviews have been generally positive. GameRankings averages a 76.67% approval ratings, based on a cast of ratings. Among them include eight out of ten and seventy-eight out of one hundred.[9] GameTrailers gives it a 1.0 due to the lack of actual reviews, though the European trailer ranks an average of 4.1. It as well puts it as number 5,420 out of the total games of 8,005, while it is 860 out of the total 932 of DS games.[10] GameFly ranks it a 6.6 based on 166 ratings.[3]

Chad Sapieha states in his review on Common Sense Media that the game is "fine entertainment for elementary school kids." He as well states the interaction is entertaining. He does, however, say that the rides that take a great amount of time to construct are very anticlimactic and the weakest part of the game, as well as the controls being stiff. Even so, however, he states it is "undeniably an above-average interactive incarnation of a kids cartoon."[14]

Sequel[edit]

The second Phineas and Ferb video game was released on the Nintendo DS on September 14, 2010, called Phineas and Ferb: Ride Again. A video game based on the TV movie was released August 2, 2011 for DS, Wii, and PlayStation 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Phineas and Ferb DS for the DS". What They Play. 
  2. ^ a b Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. "The Geek Dads" Podcast interview with Povenmire & Marsh. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Disney Phineas and Ferb for Nintendo DS Instructions". GameFly. 
  4. ^ a b Altron (February 3, 2009). Phineas and Ferb. Nintendo DS. Disney Interactive Studios. 
  5. ^ a b "Phineas and Ferb Debuts on Nintendo DS Nationwide Today". IGN Entertainment. February 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Brantley, Mark. "Disney animator sees summers in Mobile as inspiration". Alabama press. 
  7. ^ "Phineas and Ferb Debuts on DS". Game Zone. February 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Official Phineas and Ferb video game site.". Disney Interactive Studios. 
  9. ^ a b "Phineas and Ferb for the DS". Game Rankings. 
  10. ^ a b "Phineas and Ferb Video Game". Game Trailers. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ "IGN: Phineas and Ferb". IGN Entertainment. 
  12. ^ "Phineas & Ferb - DS". Game UK. 
  13. ^ "Phineas and Ferb - Nintendo DS". GameSpy. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ Sapieha, Chad. "Phineas and Ferb - Video Game Review". Common Sense Media. 

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