Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is a really fun and cute Wii game, that will especially cater to families that enjoyed the movie. Players use the nunchuk controller to move Flint Lockwood around the screen, and will use the Wii mote to jump, zap or otherwise use the game’s upgradeable weapons (like a fork or a sprayer).
The overall concept of oversized food elements works really well for a video game. Toting around a big fork to stab sausages or zapping giant popsicles are just as fun as they are to imagine. The game’s puzzles and progression can be a little difficult, so having one person play while the other offers advice will actually be a helpful strategy for getting through parts of the games.
The problem with this game is that it comes with a multiplayer mode that lets a second player tag along as Steve the Monkey. Unlike other cooperative games such as this (like the Lego Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones series), the first player is the constant central focus of the camera and the controls, so unless Steve the Monkey is able to stay right on his tail, he often will be forced back to the center screen, abandoning whatever he was zapping/climbing/driving. Even in parts where Steve is trying to fulfill the main objective, if Flint wanders to another part of the screen, the second player will be interrupted mid-action, and you’ll have to start over.
So despite the enjoyable single player game, the only way we recommend enjoying Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs together is if the rest of the family wants to watch one person play it. Playing cooperatively should be avoided altogether. It’s not that that can’t be a fun time, it’s just that it would have been a blast had the cooperative multiplayer part been able to work better.
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What the world needs is a hero. And in the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs video game, you can play as Flint, hero-inventor of the action-packed movie who creates a machine that causes food to rain from the sky. When the machine spirals out of control and creates a mess of gigantic 'portions', it's up to you to save the world by using every vehicle and crazy gadget Flint has invented to save his hometown and the world from a food-tastrophe! Hurl hamburgers, sling spaghetti, and fight gummi bears with Flint and his pet monkey Steve to save the world!
• Explore 20 levels and environments from the movie and beyond, from the Jelly Castle to Ice Cream Falls! USE FLINT'S OUTRAGEOUSLY FUN GADGETS AND VEHICLE!
• Melt, punch, smash, slice and dice, carry, and spray as you battle highly mutated food enemies using Flint's wacky inventions. Hurl hamburgers with mechanical boxing gloves or sling spaghetti with giant forks! GRAB A FRIEND AND JOIN IN WITH STEVE THE MONKEY FOR FUN CO-OP GAMEPLAY