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Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (GBA)

by Mike Sklens - March 19, 2005, 10:37 am PST

4

I’ve got a rumbly in my tummy. It’s hungering for a game made for somebody who is my age.

If it isn’t obvious from the title, Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure is a game for children. As such, it’s hard to recommend to anybody but a child. The game’s simplistic gameplay and ease are a good introduction to the concept of videogames, but will do nothing to entertain anyone over the age of eight.

Winnie the Pooh is remembering his friends’ birthdays, to help soothe his rumbling stomach. The game progresses in stages, each one a memory of a past birthday, read from a scrapbook. The core gameplay element here is item hunting. Pooh must find a series of items that will end in making the perfect birthday for his pal. Along the way he’ll also need to collect honey pots, which are used to soothe the honeybees and let Pooh enter new areas. After clearing a birthday memory, Pooh is granted access to the next, and the process repeats until everything is set right.

It’s not all as easy as it seems though. OK, maybe it is, but there is some opposition to stop Pooh from his ultimate goal. Heffalumps and Woozles will show up to chase Pooh, and he’ll need to find a balloon and pop it to scare them off so he can resume his quest.

The controls are very simple, but terribly slow. Pooh’s only maneuvers are walking around and interacting with objects and characters. Moving around is a chore, and it’s made worse by the game’s frequent backtracking through areas to collect more items or talk to characters again. The game’s biggest flaw is not the controls though. There is no battery in the game, so progress is saved via a password system. Games like this aren’t terribly expensive to make, so it would be nice for the developer to at least include a battery save feature. Children are likely to misplace their passwords, thus ruining their experience.

Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure isn’t difficult by any stretch of the imagination. The gameplay mechanics are very simple, and are designed for very young players. With that said, children who like Winnie the Pooh will probably like this game, if only for the characters.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
5 2 6 4.5 2 4
Graphics
5

Graphics are simple, and do their job, but there is nothing flashy about them at all. The cut-scene drawings are pretty nice.

Sound
2

The soundtrack is horrible, and the game is better played with the volume all the way down.

Control
6

They’re serviceable, but slow. It would be nice if Pooh had more actions. Perhaps jumping would improve the gameplay.

Gameplay
4.5

The game is mind numbing for anyone over the age of eight. Children will likely find it enjoyable enough. Using passwords to record your progress is an awful feature that needs to go away forever.

Lastability
2

The game is really short. It might take a small child a couple of days to beat. Anyone else will be through it in a few hours.

Final
4

I can’t stress enough that this game is obviously only for children. However, children with some experience in gaming will still probably find this game pretty boring. Parents looking to entertain with their children would do better off with a quality Nintendo title. However, if they’re dying to play a Winnie the Pooh game, this will fit the bill.

Summary

Pros
  • Simple gameplay is great for kids new to gaming
  • Small children will enjoy it
Cons
  • Password Save
  • Slow controls and gameplay
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Genre Action
Developer Phoenix Studio
Players1

Worldwide Releases

na: Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (GBA)
Release Feb 15, 2005
PublisherUbisoft
RatingEveryone
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