Game Review: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure

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The Peanuts have received their own video game adaptation and this one is focused on the loveable, Snoopy! Will Snoopy’s Grand Adventure be fun for the whole family or should he just keep sleeping on top of the doghouse?

The Peanuts have been around for so many years and are easily some of the most recognizable and beloved characters that have ever been created. Over the years, these characters have been a part of every different type of media and product you can imagine including a bunch of video games based on Snoopy. The little white dog gets yet another game under his belt with the release of the side-scrolling platformer, Snoopy’s Grand Adventure.

Snoopy’s Grand Adventure begins with the Peanuts kids meeting up at Charlie Brown’s house for a game of hide and seek. The game of hide and seek becomes a and adventure with Snoopy traveling to bright new worlds to find the rest of the gang. Our quiet friend collects jelly beans, saves the woodstock troop of Beagle Scouts, obtains keys for different power-ups, and searches for his buddies along the way.

The mechanics of the game are simple enough. This is definitely a game that was aimed as children, and it shows, but that doesn’t mean it’s terrible. It’s a typical side-scrolling game very reminiscent of games that were found on the earlier generations of consoles like the Genesis and NES. Each set of levels present different characterics. The jungle levels have vines that Snoopy can climb and swing across. The bunny levels have rock formations that move around constantly. Even the moon has different gases that speed Snoopy up or slow Snoopy down. These subtle changes in level design keep things fresh just when things start feeling dull.

Make no mistake, this is a game targeted towards and older audience. A player over 10 years old is probably going to get bored rather quickly with this game. The levels are easy to travel around without fear of hitting an enemy. The platforming isn’t difficult and doesn’t require much precision when making jumps. Secret areas aren’t hard to find and collectibles are generally out in the open for players to obtain. The 300 jellybeans per level to collect are a bit tedious. It feels really unnecessary especially when you have to do multiple playthroughs on most levels to get them all if you haven’t unlocked the power-up that’s needed to get to specific areas.

Enemies in Snoopy’s Grand Adventure are not much trouble at all. The game does everything to make sure that you never die. In fact, enemies don’t die either. You can bonk an enemy on the head, but that’s the extent of the violence. If Snoopy does get hit, his heart floats up and all he has to do is jump and hit it to regain full health. If that’s not enough, there are also cookies scattered everywhere that will give our dog more health. The most challenging parts of the game are probably the boss fights and even those are relatively simple. Examples are hitting a giant Peppermint Patty face with baseballs and jumping up a lifesize pinball machine  to catch the bunny.

While Snoopy’s Grand Adventure isn’t the greatest platformer of all time, it is a competent and enjoyable experience that is definitely worthy of at least a few hours of gameplay. Children will love the colourful, inventive levels and recognizable characters. The game is easily accessible for players of all ages and has enough depth to keep little ones invested for quite some time with all the collectibles and levels to complete. I’d recommend this to younger children and people who like The Peanuts. This is a decent platformer and a great game to start your little ones on.

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