By John Gaudiosi
Video Game Reviews
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
In connection with the 3-D live-action/animated family comedy "The Smurfs 2," Ubisoft will publish a video game based on the film for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS. Developed by WayForward, the game will be available prior to the film's July 31 release.
Developers hope the game duplicates the success of "The Smurfs Dance Party," one of 2011's top-selling movie-licensed games in the U.S. That same year, "The Smurfs" movie took in more than $560 million at the worldwide box office.
"The Smurfs 2" game provides Smurfs fans of all ages the opportunity to dive into the magical Smurfs Village and relive moments from the film. Players assume the role of a Smurf and immerse themselves in an interactive adventure through the movie's environments -- including New York City and Paris -- and expand their movie experience into worlds exclusive to the video game such as The Arctic Tundra and The Lava Jungle.
Fans can follow the Smurfs adventure solo or play cooperatively with friends. As players progress in the game, they will be able to choose from nine Smurfs featured in the movie and can join in a multiplayer experience of up to four simultaneous users. Exclusive on Wii U, a fifth player can join in on the action by controlling Clockwork Smurf on the Wii U GamePad.
Each Smurf has its own unique ability to help navigate the more than 30 levels in six different worlds. Whether playing as Papa Smurf and throwing magic potions to stun the enemies, stomping enemies as Grouchy Smurf or striking a pose as Vanity Smurf to provide a platform for other players to reach hard-to-get items, each move will be used to aid in the battle against enemies such as Azrael, Gargamel the Evil Wizard and Gargamel's Naughties.
As far as plot goes, in "The Smurfs 2," Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and that only Smurfette's secret spell can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer.
It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow and rescue Smurfette. Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with Naughties Vexy and Hackus, or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
The film is directed by Raja Gosnell and based on the characters and works of Peyo.
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