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Peter Pan in Return to Neverland is a continuation of the mystical story of the boy that never grows up. Inspired by the upcoming Disney Movie, players can experience the story first hand in this action-platformer, running, jumping, flying and battling their way thru Neverland to find the lost treasure.
For those of you that don’t know who Peter Pan is or have had no childhood at all, I will give a short introduction to the story of Peter Pan. Peter Pan is a young adventurous lad and Tinker Bell is his little sidekick who is totally infatuated with Peter and will do just about anything for him. The story takes place in a beautiful land called “Neverland”. Unfortunately, Neverland is also filled with mysteries and enemies. The crankiest enemy is a nasty pirate called Hook. Hook and his gang are in search of Neverland’s hidden treasure. It can only be found with the help of the treasure map. This is where our story unfolds.
Peter Pan needs to find the map to the treasure before Hook finds it. Unfortunately, Hook already found the map and cut it into little pieces. The point of the game is to search for the sections of the treasure map, piece them together, find the treasure, and along this way find the Lost Boys.
The player can play as either Peter Pan or Tinker Bell. In the beginning, you will play as Peter Pan. When you play as Peter, Tinker Bell is floating very close by and looks just like a little glow ball following close to Peter’s foot. Start off, in level 1 - Peter’s knife, the player needs to locate Peter’s knife. The player will also learn how to fly while collecting feathers, throwing his knife to protect himself, etc. There are a few switches in the level but the player will need to earn different skills before activating them. Peter flies most of the time and can only walk on wooden platforms, which there are a few within the levels. In the third level or so, the player will get to play as Tinker Bell. In any event, the controls are quite simple and learning how to fly is pure child’s play. So the learning curve is extremely short.
The objectives in each level are straightforward as well. Like most platform games, you will collect all the goodies in each level and battle any enemies that you stumble on along the way. The player can also visit the Indian shop after they collect a decent amount of feathers. You can buy stuff like Pixie Dust, a chest, tips, and a life bonus.
The music has a mystical and magical charm – what else would you expect from a Disney game, right? You will also hear familiar tunes from the movie. You can hear danger approaching, birds flying close by, fish swimming, pixie dust flying, etc.
The graphics display nice lighting and shadowing effects. The characters and backgrounds display vibrant and colorful images and closely resemble the original characters. The framerate is nice and steady. Not bad for a PS1 genre. Of course, setting the texture setting to smooth on the PS2 helps the visuals a lot.
· Players can walk, jump, and fly
· 20 Fun filled levels featuring platforms, pitfalls, puzzles, and pirates
· Players are awarded with new weapons, attacks, and pouches full of magical Pixie Dust.
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Peter Pan' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.
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