Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
is split up into three modes: Adventure, Multiplayer, and Junior.
Adventure is the game’s main mode, at least for older players. Here you play through a series of flashbacks as Pooh remembers his friend’s birthday parties in an attempt to forget that he has a “...rumbly in my tummy.” (Expect to see this take over as the new Hollywood miracle diet any day now…) A large part of each level is spent solving puzzles. These include activities like riding Eeyore and catching butterflies or trying to find honey pots. How much a child gets out of Adventure mode will greatly depend on their activity level – which becomes one of the game’s main stumbling blocks.
To start, activities aren’t all that engaging or involving. Apparently the citizens of the 100 Acre Woods aren’t the most active of critters and require Pooh to keep their lives on track. The setup isn’t the game’s problem; it’s the lack of variety. A majority of game time is spent running from one side of the woods to the other collecting items, fixing bridges, and running deliveries. The end result is a game that offers very little action and a lot of walking around and doing the same things over and over again.
Completing levels in Adventure mode unlocks mini-games in Multiplayer mode. Like the rest of the game, each mini-game is easy to play and makes for a fun distraction – even for adults. Each of the games is molded, at least in some part, after classic arcade games like Pac-Man. Mini-games offer a little more action to keep players engaged, but – like most mini-games – the thrill can be short lived and may not keep them occupied for long. Since the mini-games are very simple to understand, younger siblings or parents (even those who are not the most adept gamers) can join in the multiplayer fun, increasing the longevity, but only by a bit.
Also included is a free-form mode called Junior mode. Although the game is clearly meant for the younger set, Junior mode is for even younger players (mainly the 5 and younger crowd). Unlike Adventure mode, there’s no set narrative or structure in Junior mode. Instead, players can freely roam the 100 Acre Woods and “play.” After discovering ringed areas, pressing the B button causes Pooh to perform some sort of action, such as holding onto a balloon and floating into the sky. Players can also play though some areas as other characters, each with their own unique activities.