Review: Ice Age Scrat’s Nutty Adventure (PlayStation 4)

Scrat’s on a brand new quest! Sabre-tooth squirrel Scrat is on a nutty quest! His prized possession is locked inside an ancient Scratazon Temple – and the only way to get it back is to retrieve four legendary Crystal Nuts, scattered across the land.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 7.80gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 3D platform gameplay.
  • Tutorial hints throughout.
  • Controls–invert aim and camera.
  • Gems-collect in-game to increase your health and unlock concept art.
  • World map level select.
  • Checkpoints–save/respawn point and used to fast travel between any found checkpoints.
  • The game just keeps going with no clear end of level screens.
  • Can replay parts of levels.
  • Collectibles-statues/tablet pieces and gems.
  • Infinite lives.
  • Classic Scrat noises.
  • Moves-jump/double jump/spin tail/roll/kicks and shoot acorns.
  • Bug-type enemies.
  • Open levels.
  • Secret areas to find.
  • Simple controls.
  • Aimed at children.
  • Easy Platinum trophy.
  • Not too difficult.
  • Locations from the films.
  • Other cast cameos.

Cons:

  • Slow pace.
  • Lots of slowdown.
  • Delayed tutorial pop-ups.
  • Jump feels sluggish.
  • No guidance on where to go.
  • Little action.
  • Can get lost quite easily.
  • Nothing is really explained.
  • Combat is very repetitive.
  • Story characters have no voice work.
  • No replay value.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Let’s get this out of the way straight off the bat. Ice Age Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is not older/experienced gamers and instead is aimed at the younger/newer gamer. It’s a simple 3D platformer with light combat elements. Levels flow straight into the next so you get a sense of being on an adventure. Combat is just tail swipes and kicks, nothing too taxing. Platforming is fine once you get used to the sluggish almost sticky jump button. I say it’s for kids but to be honest it’s a game you would play for an easy Platinum trophy or when you want interaction but no brain usage, it’s very much a chilled experience that is light on content. It has barely any connections with the films and no voice work is here so it’s an isolated experience but one nether the less. In short, it’s a kids game with repetitive combat and empty levels but everyone loves Scrat!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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