Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  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. So you’re left with a game that provides surprisingly enjoyable family-friendly fun, but one that doesn’t last longer than four hours (five if you’re a child) and misses opportunity after opportunity.
  5. The game was over faster than this review. [July 2009, p.89]
  6. It plays like it was put together by confused adolescents with broken fingers and no concept of reality. It's buggy, broken, stupid and about as far from funny as a game that's based on a comedic film could possibly be.
  7. A solid choice for couch time with the kids. [July 2009, p.84]
  8. 60
    I'm all for games that are well built and don't overstay their welcome but the length of this game is horribly short.
  9. There’s no doubt that Night at the Museum 2 will satisfy the needs of the younger fans of the two films.
  10. Go and see the movie instead - it's cheaper, it stars Ricky Gervais and they serve popcorn. [July 2009, p.82]
  11. 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.
  12. A few cute moments can't disguise this movie tie-in's biggest problem: its criminally short length.
  13. Short and forgettable. [Aug 2009, p.82]
  14. This game is bad, but at least it’s playable. It is extremely short, but that is actually a positive for it, which is something you never want as a developer. Stay clear at all costs unless you need a quick gamerscore boost.
  15. 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.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    8
    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.... Full Review »