The first feature length film for PAW Patrol hit theaters August 20th, and PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls the game is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC. We were sent a game to review on the PlayStation platform, and my son and I gave it a thorough play test as we guided the pups through their big city adventure.
PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
Mayor Humdinger has taken over the Adventure City and Ryder and the pups need your help to save the city from his scheming plans! One or two players can play this adventure platformer, and single players can switch back and forth between two pups as they play. You can play as any of the pups, including a new girl pup named Liberty.
The play is pretty easy to catch on, and the game is tailored to younger gamers. My son is six, and he was able to follow the instructions and figure out how to play without a lot of help. I really liked that the words are printed on the screen as they speak, because it helps with him learning to read.
Collect all the treats!
First you choose your pup, and then you start your first adventure. You unlock new adventures as you play, and new mini games like the infamous Pup Pup Boogie. The locations you explore are all from the new movie. The game play was pretty straightforward and simple. My son’s main complaint was the load time for each board to start. Kids have NO patience and it did take a little while. (in kid time, that means more than 10 seconds)
If you follow the treats, you’ll get to where you need to be to complete the mission. If you collect all the treats you get special rewards. The treats (or bones) are easy to collect because they snap to you like magnets. Each game plays the same way – follow treats, drive a vehicle associated with the pup, follow treats again, then do the special activity like put out a fire or direct traffic. My son’s favorite part of the game was getting to do the vehicle part, like drive Liberty’s motorcycle, or fly Skye’s helicopter.
Putting it to the test
My son is already a seasoned gamer at six, so he really tried to put this game through the ringer to see what he could do and what it would take. So he tried doing things like running into traffic and jumping off buildings, all which is blocked and you can’t really do anything but stay on the path and go forward or backward.
He did manage to get it to glitch pretty bad by switching pups while one pup was off screen. It got the game stuck in some weird in-between world where there buildings were strange and transparent, and it wouldn’t switch back to the other pup. The only thing it would do was go through all the buildings from a weird view. We had to completely shut it down and restart. So don’t switch pups when one pup is off the screen!
Great Game for Little Gamers
Overall, I’d definitely recommend PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls for little gamers and especially little PAW Patrol fans. It’s too basic to keep adults engaged, but it’s a great beginner game with enough activities to keep the kids interested. Click here to find the game on Amazon!
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About the Author
Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.