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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  1. 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.
  2. Night At the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian would have been easily recommendable if it were a downloadable game with a decent pricetag. As it stands, it’s merely a solid rental unless you’re an absolute fanatic for all things Ben Stiller.
  3. Night at the Museum is one of the few movie tie-ins to be more entertaining than the film it’s based upon, but it’s short length, lack of difficulty, and nonexistent replayability will keep it from spinning in your 360 for very long.
  4. The biggest gripe about Battle of the Smithsonian – aside from the fact it’s simply a straightforward marketing tie-in to help rake in extra cash alongside the film – is that it just doesn’t offer much length or substance for the $40 you’re being asked to spend on it.
  5. A few cute moments can't disguise this movie tie-in's biggest problem: its criminally short length.
  6. Short and forgettable. [Aug 2009, p.82]
  7. It’s a very kid-friendly game, but to the point where there’s very little actual game to enjoy, and what there is is incredibly ugly. Simple, really easy and one that even five-year-olds will get bored of.

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  1. Jan 12, 2011
    Not likely to be star in anyone's "Top 10 games of 2009" list, Night at the Museum 2 (the video game) is a solid, straightforward, platform game particularly suited to the 7 to 10 age group. The game's museum environments are scattered with audiologs with information on natural history from dinosaurs to space flight. Each log is short enough to keep my 7 and 5 year olds interested, and they break up the action nicely. There's no combat, per se, there's puzzles to defeat the enemies, and there's platforming to spice things up a bit too. Add in a load of item collecting, and a plot that *sort of* follows the movie, and there's a nice solid game in here. I've given in 8, but you can add or take away a point if you're under 10, or in your teens, respectively.... Expand