Wednesday, April 7, 2010

WAA - Disney's UP

Continuing on yesterday's theme, let's give some WAA to Disney's UP, an easy (and crappy) platformer designed ostensibly for kids.

Bear in mind as we go here that ALL the Achievements are super easy (as is the entire game), so picking the "most difficult" is a highly relative exercise.

The "One With Combat"Award: "Beginner's Wings"
If you have two working thumbs and any semblance of reading comprehension, this award can be yours. When the menu loads at the beginning of the game, simply choose "Multiplayer". That's don't even have to PLAY any multiplayer to get this Achievement.

The "Mile High Club" Award: "Ellie Badge"
For this Achievement, you have to complete all the "Quest Cards" by finding poorly hidden objects and capturing bugs with your insect net. The only reason this is even remotely difficult is that some of the bugs are easy to miss, though you can always go back and replay levels to find them.

The "Seriously..." Award: "Merit Badge Champion"
Collect a mere 6000 merit badges and this one is yours. It's not as bad as it really just need to pummel every breakable object you see and you'll get them all eventually. Again, replaying levels will help here.

The "Little Rocket Man" Award: "Sinkhole Terror"
Without getting into a lot of spoilers, the game does have a couple interesting boss fights that break up the monotony of the rest of your adventure. Beating the boss on level 8 yields this award.

The Scientist Gone Gamer Award: "Rare Statue Badge"
I concede that this is the one cool idea they had for this game. All the icons are little merit badges (since one of the main characters is supposed to be some kind of Cub Scout or something). The developers did a good job of combining the icons with the theme, and the pictures are varied with sufficient detail.

Achievement Set Rating - 2
Play through the game and find all the secret crap we hid throughout the tiny levels. If you're looking for anything imaginative, look elsewhere. But they saved themselves from a 1 rating thanks to the clever use of merit badge icons.

Achievement Difficulty Rating - 1
I can't emphasize enough how easy this game is. Thanks to the ability to replay any level, you don't even have to worry about missing hidden objects. This is five hours of mostly tedious platforming for a simple 1000 points.

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