Rango The Video Game is inspired by the latest movie from Paramount Pictures.
When it comes to movie tie-in games it's rare for them to be worth considering a purchase. You might be thinking Rango is just the same as many other movie games and just rushed in time for the film. Surprisingly enough, Rango is one of those rare titles that are good and have had some work put in to them. There's a decent amount of variety, nice visuals and animation to show this is more than your average movie-tie-in.
The video game doesn't follow the plot from the film. Instead it takes a different path and you play in flashbacks from Rango's Tall Tales. The main story revolves around mistarious green meteorites that appear in a town called Dust. It's up the the sheriff of the town "Rango" to uncover the mystery as well as defeating the Bandit Gang, Aliens and other creatures.
The game mainly consists of platforming. You will be jumping , climbing, hanging off ledges as well as riding on Roadrunners, grinding down rails and more. The mix between the elements are well put together and stops it being a tedious journey and instead a really fun one.
Rango carries a side arm that fires popcorn. It's simple to use as it auto aims enemies whilst facing them. It's also got unlimited ammo but needs a recharge after so many shots. Whilst it's very simplistic it is understandable when the game was made for a younger audience. The only time the shooting offers you more skill are when finding Golden Bullets. These lets you fire a bullet and steer it in slo-mo and hit targets.
You will notice a lot of Sherif Stars lying around. These can come from defeating enemies. If you take down multiple enemies without getting hit you will trigger a multiplier that increases how many Sheriff Stars you get from combat. There's other ways to collect Stars as well like smashing boxes, axing mining spots and getting bulls-eyes in the Golden Gun sequences. When you have enough stars you can upgrade Rango by talking to your friend Wounder Bird who will appear constantly throughout the game.
I can say the visuals and animation are pritty impressive for a movie game. The environments look vibrant and characters look detailed and well animated. Sound is also great with Johnny Depp lending his voice as well as some other characters from the film.
Rango The Video Game is definitely one of the strongest tie-in games around. The only draw back to buying this would be the lifespan of four to five hours. Also there's no reason to play the game again unless you wish to upgrade Rango fully and find every collectible. Apart from the length, this is a rare tie-in game that is worthy of a purchase.
Review by Gareth Smith