Chicken Little: Ace in Action
builds on the movie within a movie seen at the end of Chicken Little
, placing Chicken Little and his friends in the roles of space-faring adventure seekers.
Gameplay is separated into three types, though each is fundamentally the same. As you travel from planet to planet, you will play as Ace in on-foot ground missions or as Runt in tank-based ones. These two mission types share the most similarities. Youíll also play as Abby during vertical shooter levels.
Levels are set up as top-down shooters. During these levels, you use the D-pad to move and the face buttons to shoot in different directions. The setup is similar to Smash TV, and may be a little complex for the gameís audience, but works surprisingly well. Enemies come from all directions, so youíll find yourself constantly changing the direction of your shots while pushing forward towards you next mission goal.
The scheme is different and may feel intimidating, though as you progress through the game, you come to appreciate the flexibility. Regardless of you who you are playing as, the mechanics work the same way, giving you more than enough time to learn how to do everything.
Ace and Abbyís levels are the most enjoyable of the three types, with Abbyís taking a slight edge. Runtís levels arenít terrible, but they arenít as fun as the other two either. A big reason for this is that the tank isnít the most maneuverable of vehicles and is hard to control. It isnít to the point that it is unplayable, but it is easy to become overwhelmed by enemies as you wait for the tankís slower reaction time. Runtís tank does have a special cannon that can target multiple enemies, but you have to get so close to use it that it isnít all that useful. Even the inclusion of a ďrun downĒ attack doesnít help and makes the tank a little harder to control.
Two-player mini-games are also available, though I was unable to test them.