Island Xtreme Stunts – PS2 – Review

The Brickster is back to create mayhem,
and it’s up to Pepper, stuntman extraordinaire, to foil Brickster’s nefarious
schemes ­ all while helping to make a new action-adventure movie on
LEGO Island.

Island Xtreme Stunts, an Electronic Arts,
Silicon Dreams and LEGO release for the PlayStation2, is an arcade adventure
game that may take place on one island, but offers game players the opportunity
to experience a wide range of transportation modes.

The LEGO world does a nice job of emulating
the three-dimensional feel, the action is quite good and the game is safely
entertaining. If the game has any failing points they have to be that all
the action games within the program are rather average arcade exercises
and there really doesn’t seem to be anything here that would qualify as
Xtreme.

As the game begins, Pepper doing a stunt
that captures the attention of the director. The director, it seems, wants
Pepper to be the star of the film. His co-star is Brickster, but rather
than having turned over a new leaf, the Brickster is out to prove he is
a better stuntman than Pepper and he deserves the prestigious Platinum
Star award.

This is a game that is awash with puzzles
and collectibles. There are five movie sub-games, which will require Pepper
to drive a car, motorcycle, jet ski, pilot an airplane and skydive. Each
sub-game has certain requirements that must be completed in order to advance
and win a LEGO Academy of Film and Television Award (a LAFTA).  You
need to have a certain amount of LAFTAS in order to advance to the next
sub-game.

In addition, Pepper will receive sub-quests
as he makes his way around the island. Islanders will present him with
their problems, and being the nice little LEGO dude that he is, he tries
to help them out.

The collectibles include evidence photos,
bricks (you can build Brickimals with them), and trading cards. Pepper
will use his PDA to access a variety of information, including plans for
building a Brickimal.

Some of the sub-games are rather simple.
In Freeway Frenzy, Pepper must use power-ups while chasing and ramming
Brickster’s car. Do enough damage and the race is over. Motorcycle Mayhem
is a race with checkpoints, and Pepper can do stunts over the various jumps.

The control elements of the game have been
kept relatively simple, which makes this game accessible to younger players.
The sound is very good and there is a wide variety of music that keeps
the game rocking along. Graphically the game is very good. The three-dimensional
look works well, and the environments are lush and colorful.

It is doubtful that Island Xtreme Stunts
will have a big following among older players, but this game that should
appeal to younger players.

This game is rated for Everyone.

 

Gameplay: 7

The game does have a lot of cutscenes
that seem to go on and on and on. The actual in-game play is a strong arcade
feel and the mapboard is a good size with a lot of explorable areas. This
is the type of game where your goals are well defined.

Graphics: 7.7

The animation, for the LEGO characters,
is nice, and the environments are lush and colorful.

Sound: 7.7

The musical score is very good. The story
dialogue is a little contrived.

Difficulty: Easy

The game controls have been kept simple,
regardless of what vehicle you are using, and the user interface is designed
for accessibility.

Concept: 6.5

This is a hodge-podge of standard arcade
exercises fitted together in a new format. There is nothing really new
here.

Overall: 6.8

This is a nice little program that doesn’t
really offer much that is new or unique, and hard-core game players will
not find this a challenging outing. However younger players and LEGO fans
will enjoy the simplistic entertainment value and colorful look of the
game.