Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. This is the kind of game perfectly suited for kids. The graphics are big and bright, the levels are straightforward enough that there's never a situation where they'll get lost, and the co-op play means there's no shouting about "It's my turn!" as they clean-up the town with Cuisinart-esque implements, which are a lot of fun to use according my kids.
  2. But for kid-focused entertainment and the knowledge that a movie-based game is actually well executed, it's hard to top these meatballs.
  3. Ubisoft have done almost everything right with Cloudy. It’s not a game that re-invents the genre by any means, but it’s an enjoyable romp that never overstays its welcome.
  4. A very good movie tie in game, but could do with more length and a tutorial.
  5. The fun 8-bit plot scenes and gadget based levels offer kids plenty of fun gameplay, and the option of co-op play and collection quests make this an easy choice for older kids to really get into. However, the short gameplay time and repetitive vocal and graphical elements of the title make it a bit hard to recommend at a $50 price point.
  6. A great attempt at enhancing the movie experience through the medium of video games. Whilst the game’s story mode is fairly short-lived and the lack of additional gameplay is a key factor in the game’s downfall, it is definitely a title that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
  7. 66
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a suitable but somewhat bland side dish to be served alongside the movie. It’s a simple children’s game that momentarily distracts and only partially entertains.
  8. A pleasant, solidly entertaining, and kid-friendly option. [Dec 2009, p.77]
  9. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a decent kids game, with a simple but nice graphics that reminds the movie and a pleasant and simple platform-style gameplay.
  10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, whilst having a ridiculous name, sadly falls into the pile of games best avoided (achievement junkies look in your bargain bin!).
  11. 55
    Cloudy isn't a horrible or even bad movie game, it just feels limited and sorely lacking the same imagination that made the movie so wonderful.
  12. Balls indeed. [Christmas 2009, p.89]
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 26, 2012
    7
    Firstly, I think it is important to remember exactly what Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is - essentially, it is a game for kids. That being said, I know many adults (myself included) who have picked this game up and have had great fun with it. While the base 'jest' of the game isn't all that difficult (meaning the age range it is targeted at could complete it with little fuss) the collectibles and some of the achievements may take a bit of getting used to. This means that, while originally designed for kids to play, adults can find some reason to love this game as well. The level design is great, and the soundtrack, given that it is a kid's name, is by and far one of the best I've heard on a game of this sort in a very long time. More importantly however, this game holds a lot of nostalgia value. At it's core, Cloudy... is a platformer with some fighting built in. This means for many of us oldies who choose to pick it up, you will see some nostalgia in the way the game plays. It just does what it does best, and plenty of it. Those expecting to find the next Battlefield are (obviously, people) going to be disappointed, but those who are willing to take Cloudy... for what it is, and let their childish side come out for a couple of hours, will find plenty to love in this game. I give it a 7/10 because, while not being the most amazing game I've ever played, it would certainly blow my mind if I was 5 or 6 again. The game does it's target audience proud and for that it deserves a high praise. [Also, PLEASE NOTE that I played through this game having never seen the actual film. This didn't impede my ability to enjoy the game however, and should be viewed as a strength, not a disadvantage. Far too many games aimed at children leave massive plotholes unless you've seen the film, so kudos to Cloudy... for not falling into this habit.] Full Review »