Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Image

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  • Summary: Get ready for a story so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world's largest museum--the Smithsonian Institution. Museum guard-turned entrepreneur Larry Daley discovers that his favorite exhibits, and some of his best friends, from New York's Natural History Museum are being shipped off to the archives at the Smithsonian. Larry gets a distress call from the miniature cowboy, Jedediah, reporting that Egyptian ruler Kahmunrah and a trio of heinous henchmen--namely Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon and Al Capone--are plotting to take over the museum, then the world. Speeding to the nation's capitol, Larry is clearly in over his head. But with some impressive new pals, including the irrepressible Amelia Earhart, along with familiar friends Teddy Roosevelt and Octavius, Larry will stop at nothing to restore the Smithsonian before dawn. [Majesco] Expand
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. The game can be repetitive at times, and it certainly wasn’t made for the action-hungry crowd. But if you to spend a night with the world’s most interactive museum, Battle of the Smithsonian is a fun ride.
  2. 75
    Not exhilarating, not mind-blowing, but surprisingly solid. Good job, Pipeworks, you made a game that's educational, simple, and, best of all, never outstays its welcome.
  3. 60
    One of the better movie-based games, and one that packs in a lot of variety, even if it does feel somewhat-limited in parts.
  4. Go and see the movie instead - it's cheaper, it stars Ricky Gervais and they serve popcorn. [July 2009, p.82]
  5. A few cute moments can't disguise this movie tie-in's biggest problem: its criminally short length.
  6. You’ll breeze through this game in about two hours and have nothing left but three mini-games pulled directly from the story and perhaps a few collectibles to find. A real travesty when you consider that watching the film takes just about as long but is much cheaper.
  7. Contains tiny needles of goodness, but they're buried in a giant haystack of vomit, poison and rabid dogs. Not fun. [July 2009, p.61]

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