Busy Gamer Review - Surf's Up

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Busy Gamer Review

Too busy to devote 12+ hours a day to your gaming habit? Here's a review that's sensitive to your needs: Short and focused on just the things that a busy gamer like you really needs to know.

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Surf's Up

Reviewed On: Xbox 360. Also available for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Surf's UpIn a Nutshell: Pull off surfing tricks with the characters of the computer-animated movie of the same name. Really, that’s pretty much it. Well, there is a leaf-sliding mini-game and you can unlock some movie clips and such. But mostly it's about the surfing.

Learning Curve: Easy. There's a brief tutorial section to teach you all of the tricks in the game.

The Save Game: The game saves after every surfing run and when you exit certain menus. Each run can take up to 5 minutes, so you can save pretty conveniently - or abandon your progress and try again next time. And since you don't have to hide this one from the little ones, you can just play through if they wander into the room.

Family Factor: Kids love it! And even a toddler can play. Occasionally the surfers bop into each other or crash into a rock or iceberg, but otherwise it's harmless. There is a little bit of moderate language (e.g., "crap") in the movie clips, so you might want to skip the videos if your child has a potty mouth problem or you're determined to avoid one.

Buy, Rent or Skip? Rent (even with the new budget price of $30), unless you have a small child who is enraptured by the game. It can easily be beaten in a few hours, and replay value is limited to collecting missed penguin idols scattered around the levels and split-screen multiplayer. But occupying a child when you and your significant other need a little alone time? Priceless.

On a Personal Note: This is the first Xbox 360 game where I earned 1000 gamerscore points. (I usually avoid the sports games, and most other games require a really tough achievement or a second playthrough that I skip). Also, my 4-year-old adores the game and asks to play it at least a dozen times a day. We've made it his reward for good behavior. He's even starting to get the hang of the trick systems, though we still have to unlock new levels for him. We finally started a second game save for him so he can practice unlocking things himself. He also loves the multiplayer, which we enjoy with daddy's game save since all of the levels, boards and playable characters are unlocked there.

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