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.