previews\ May 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm

UP - PC - Preview

Based on the upcoming Disney Pixar animated film, UP is the latest title from THQ to be based on a Disney-Pixar film, following up their smash-hit Cars. The game follows the exploits of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year old retiree who goes on a journey across the globe to South America in honor of his late wife. In order to make the trip, Carl outfits his house with 10,000 balloons and floats to the continent. Unfortunately, he has a stowaway, a young scout named Russell, who comes along to lend a hand with the adventure.

The PC demo of the game showcases two areas that reveal some of the core elements of UP’s gameplay. The demo begins with the two main characters, Carl and Russell, trying to get back to Carl’s airborne house as it flies over a South American river. The two characters are stuck in the river, requiring you to paddle your way upstream in order to chase the house down. While trying to work your way up the river, you have to be mindful of alligators that pop up and will attempt to knock the two of you off of your makeshift log raft.

UP PC screenshots

The other section of the demo dealt with the platforming elements. The game features a co-op feel, with both characters always on-screen. You’ll have to toggle between each of them when necessary, as they each have their own specific advantages when it comes to solving puzzles. For example, Carl can use his cane to hoist himself up to higher platforms and then use it to lift up Russell, while Russell can use his scout mirror and magnifying glass to shine sunlight at wild animals that get in your way. This co-op feel adds a nice element to the game and could work quite well in multiplayer situations.

UP’s varied gameplay and light-hearted content should make it a title that resonates well with the younger set, as well as fans of the film. Look for it to release later this month.

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