Alvin and the Chipmunks (Nintendo DS)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2007, 12:00am

Players of Alvin and the Chipmunks video game for the Nintendo DS follow Alvin, Simon and Theodore across America as they get ready to play in the battle of the bands at Rockathonapalooza.

Along the way, the gang has to play at different venues and please the crowd with their covers of songs like the B-52's Love Shack, Blink 182's All the Small Things and Run DMC's It's Tricky.

Game play takes place on the bottom touchscreen. There are five columns of falling vinyl records which you have to tap as they pass the speakers.

Tap too early or too late and your rock meter will fall, but tap it at the right time to earn points and not get booed off the stage.

Meanwhile, the top screen shows the band performing on stage.

Stringing combos together earns extra points - double, triple or even quadruple points, should your song turn platinum.

During the song, mini-games will be activated that require you to scratch a record like a rap DJs, yell 'Alvin' into the microphone, tap numbered dots on the touch screen in numerical order, or drag a dot along a melody line.

Unfortunately, even Chipmunk fans will find the game flawed.

It is difficult to tell which Chipmunk you are meant to be listening to in order to keep time.

The mini-games serve little purpose, since winning them only gains a few points and losing them loses you the opportunity for multiplying your points.

The main letdown is that completing a level doesn't release any new tracks for the next level. Watch the movie instead - that's enjoyable from start to finish.


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