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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Apple Games Features UP: The Video Game
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Apple Games' most recent feature article examines UP: The Video Game, the game adaptation of Pixar's latest film. The title will take players on an adventure with Carl Fredricksen and his young sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as they set off on a journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America. Players will be able to experience all four main characters from the movie.

Apple's article includes an exploration of the game's features with commentary from senior producer Brian Wiklem, a discussion of the voice talent behind the game's characters, a quick history of the career of Pixar's John Lasseter, and a list of the mini-games included in UP.

As gruff Carl slowly warms to energetic Russell, the two work together to navigate the harsh environment, fend off enemies, and keep each other safe from danger. That dynamic encompasses the movie and the game, as Wiklem explains: “The entire game is based on cooperation, rather than individual challenges that require only one character. Even in single-player mode, the player will have to switch characters so they can work together and achieve their goals.”

The Heavy Iron team also made sure the pair’s relationship came through whenever possible: “The characters need each other,” says Wiklem, “not just in the physical challenges, but emotionally as well. They have a ton of bantering back and forth in the game, some of it just in the nature of their personalities, with other bits in the same tone but disguised as hints and tips for players.”

Carl and Russell’s backgrounds also enabled Wiklem’s team to introduce tasks and challenges geared specifically toward the characters: Carl smashes spiders and collects his late wife’s mementos, which fell out of the house as it descended from the sky, while Russell catches rare bugs and completes the tasks that earn him more Wilderness Explorer badges. As both characters accomplish their goals, you’ll unlock cheat codes, bonus content, and video clips.

Our heroes’ possessions also play vital roles: Carl’s cane serves as a weapon and a tool, and he can use his hearing aid to stun enemies, while Russell’s mirror blinds opponents. In addition, they rely on other objects found along the way, including a magnifying glass and a pick axe, with Dug and Kevin providing specialized support at opportune moments. “Dug and Kevin appear just when players think they cannot go further, or a challenge seems impossible,” Wiklem says.
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Apple Games: UP The Video Game
UP: The Video Game

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