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  • Summary: Join Scrat’s quest for the Crystal Nuts. Ice Age’s favorite sabre-tooth squirrel, Scrat, is at it again in an all-new adventure! A mysterious mechanism in an ancient Scratazon Temple, has locked away his prized possession – and the only way to get it back is an epic quest to find fourJoin Scrat’s quest for the Crystal Nuts. Ice Age’s favorite sabre-tooth squirrel, Scrat, is at it again in an all-new adventure! A mysterious mechanism in an ancient Scratazon Temple, has locked away his prized possession – and the only way to get it back is an epic quest to find four legendary Crystal Nuts, scattered across the land. It’s up to you to guide Scrat through a hilarious 3D action-adventure, where you’ll face fierce prehistoric creatures, survive crazy calamities, and return the missing relics to their rightful home. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 6, 2019
    60
    Ice Age Scrat’s Nutty Adventure has definite room for improvement and polish, but I still suspect it’ll find an audience. It has just enough challenge for kids, while older players might not mind an easier adventure if they’re franchise fans or just looking for a competent 3D platformer. Definitely wait for a sale though, as the amount and quality of the content here doesn’t match its launch price.
  2. Nov 7, 2019
    55
    Scrat's Nutty Adventure finally gives Scrat his own game. The rodent runs around and collects tons of acorns. But the acorns don't affect the game at all. Next to that the game is way too simple, even for the younger gamers. It primarily focuses on the small starting gamer. Still, Scrat is a hilarious animal that makes you laugh.
  3. 50
    With no Ice Age movie releasing in tandem with Scrat’s Nutty Adventure, the choice to not give Just Add Water a few extra months to add polish is disappointing. At best, Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is a decent distraction for kids.
  4. 50
    In short, Ice Age Scrat’s Nutty Adventure takes basic ideas from other 3D platformers and tries to show how impressive they are, when in reality they are just things you’ve seen before. If you are a big Ice Age fan, then this is a harmless experience that doesn’t add to what the movies offer and rather imitates what came before it. For my money, I say let this one hibernate for the winter.
  5. NF Magazine
    May 1, 2020
    50
    Developer Just Add Water was onto something here, piping in some great concepts from past 3D platformers, but the follow-through is a swing and a miss! [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 70]
  6. Oct 21, 2019
    40
    Instead of being a brand new platformer, Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure feels like a remaster of a game from the early 2000s, and not a very good one either. On the positive side, the level design is pretty good, with areas connecting to one another in a way that feels large-scale, but remains comfortably linear. Otherwise, Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure completely lacks challenge, is extremely repetitive and runs on the Switch about as well as Manny the Mammoth runs after gorging on a bunch of peaches. In short, it's exactly what you’d expect from a licensed game of this type.
  7. Nov 13, 2019
    40
    Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure captures the essence of the movies and Scrat’s erratic mannerisms accurately, but the uninspiring platforming and awful performance make it a port worthy of extinction. So what killed the dinosaurs? In this case, the framerate.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Oct 19, 2019
    10
    This is game is such a delight. You can tell they cared a lot about it. What a treat to be able to play as this character.
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    9
    Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is a true testament to the human psyche, as the challenging and rewarding platforming proves that Scrat still has hisScrat’s Nutty Adventure is a true testament to the human psyche, as the challenging and rewarding platforming proves that Scrat still has his nuts intact.

    The sheer number of times you can clip through underdeveloped geometry can’t be looked at as a negative, as it allows this game to truly shine as a simulation of broken reality, seen through a small rodents eyes.

    He doesn’t know what’s going on. He’s confused, bewildered even. He can only sit on as watch as reality melts around him. What is this squirrel but a miserable pile of secrets? A broken soul? A foolish entity of malice. What a game.
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  3. Oct 18, 2019
    5
    Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is not a bad game or a bad cash grab. It does have it’s flaws but I can see that there was some kind ofIce Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is not a bad game or a bad cash grab. It does have it’s flaws but I can see that there was some kind of passion behind this project. However, again, it does have it’s fair share of problems.

    This game needed more time in the oven, it can be glitches and is rough around the edges. I was able to glitch through walls and even the ground with ease in a good number of stages. Sometimes it happen on accident, sometimes I was trying to break the game for fun. The games does look pretty good for a modern kids game, but it’s not overwhelming. It also comes with a couple of graphical glitches, for example Scrat’s model stutters and there is a weird shadow that follows him in the ground. The cutscenes are also mostly broken with sound effects and music that don’t play at the right time. Speaking of music that’s something this game is reallt lacking, overall it’s good but it’s way too quiet and sometimes just stops playing all together. And the music isn’t really fitting for a kid friendly 3D platformer. One of the things that rubbed me the wrong way most was the lack of sound effects during gameplay. The main collectible, little purple rocks that act like coins in Mario, don’t make a satisfying sound when collecting them. The game also runs pretty bad on Nintendo Switch. I haven’t played the PS4 or Xbox One versions of the game, but I have the feeling it doesn’t run much better on those platforms as well. The game does run fairly well on tv, with some staggering and frame drops. But as soon as you play in handheld mode it really becomes a slideshow. It’s one of the few Switch games I refuse to play in handheld mode because of it, and I normally don’t even care that much about framerates personally.

    All of these problems make the game feel pretty unpolished, but it’s not all bad news. I really enjoyed the platforming for example. 3D platformers are my favorite genre and I even grew up with Ice Age Meltdown on PS2, so this game really hits some nostalgia parts for me. But overall I do really like the way scrat controls. He is tied and feels great to play as. The platforming challenges are pretty easy, you are not getting anything complex as with other 3D platformers like Super Mario Odyssey or A Hat in Time. But it has good design and is sometimes suprisingly clever. It has puzzels you need to solve that make use of the throwing in jumping mechanics and some even some boss fights where you need to exploit the environment to beat them. But again it’s all pretty easy. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, not at all, it was actually a very relaxing time playing this game. And I can’t say I regret buying this game.

    So in the end this is a 3D platformer with a really solid base, but it just needed more time to cook. Its sad to say but I think Ice Age Meltdown on PS2 is a much better game then this. That game had a lot more polish and a lot more of the Ice Age charm, which this game is lacking quite a bit. But again that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It was a fun run through and I can recommend it if you also grew up with the PS2 game and like 3D platformers in general. But if you’re looking for a really good platformer, I would recommend ignoring this game and buy any of the others on Switch like Super Mario Odyssey
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  4. May 27, 2020
    4
    (Please note that the game is very low-budget)
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    Soundtrack Animation Controls It can be fun for kids. - Very easy to beat. Poorly
    (Please note that the game is very low-budget)
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    Soundtrack
    Animation
    Controls
    It can be fun for kids.
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    Very easy to beat.
    Poorly optimised (10 to 30 fps)
    Overpriced
    Lots of Gliches/Bugs
    It can be boring.
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  5. JPK
    Dec 30, 2019
    3
    More Proof This Franchise Should End
    After how awful Collision Course was?, Yeah no thank you.