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Novasark 03-09-2010 03:17 PM

Don't be fooled by level of difficulty
After reading the forums it seems to me that the estimated difficulty of 2/10 and time for 1000 less than 5 hours are way off the mark. If you read the challenges topic in the forum you see comments like “took me a ton of tries”, “I thought it was going to be a breeze” and “not worth the aggravation”. I think folks are surprised at the difficulty only because from the Roadmap it sounds like it will be easy. I have often found roadmaps to be very misleading when it comes to achievement difficulty and estimated time.

oDD Reflex 03-10-2010 03:24 PM

So what would you rate it for difficulty and estimated time?

Some of these games are placed in X amount of hours for completion without factoring skill. However, some games don't require or technique, rather simple luck. Would you say people find this game b/c of thier skill level or its just time consuming due to tough luck?

beezelBug 03-12-2010 02:07 PM

The hardest part of this game is the challenges, as you typically have to get to the end without dying.
This involves repetition to learn the layout

I'd up the rating to a 5/10 because of the challenges as they take skill to manage the levels without error in confining time limits

Tyger7 03-12-2010 02:43 PM

phew thanks this was about to be sent to me in a few hours on gamefly! Taking it off, I def don't want a hard kid's game when FF13 is out while I'm also working on Bayonetta. Sorry Ice Age you'll have to wait a couple more months!

Thanks OP!

beezelBug 03-20-2010 06:56 AM

the main game is not hard, I got 775 score without sweating. It's the challenges that make you curse...makes me curse

Hkem 03-22-2010 11:41 AM

To be fair, I completed all the challenges in under 20 minutes each maximum. Even the eggrolls.

oDD Reflex 03-23-2010 10:19 PM

I found this game to be sooo damn boring that I had hard time putting it back in the 360. Those challenges can be pretty annoying as well.

Damian227 04-09-2010 10:40 PM

I'd say this is closer to at least 4/10, Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008 is rated that level and that is a damn sight easier than Ice Age from what I've seen.

Novasark 04-13-2010 12:25 PM

OK. I have now played the game for quite some time. The game itself is remarkably simple but the challenges can be killers. If you are an average player and don't want to pull your hair out, I think that it's safe to say that you will end up with somewhere between 700 - 800 points. The last 200 points (8 achievements) will be brutal. The problem is that in challenge mode you must make it through to the end without dying and this can be very tough to do. Hope this helps if you are considering playing this game.

ponypo2001 05-12-2010 03:42 PM

The only challenges that are even remotely difficult are the Egg Roll ones and once you have the technique for them, they are a doddle. I actually got told off for putting the difficulty at 4 originally so I changed it to a 2.

Seriously, this is NOT a difficult kids game. There's even videos on Youtube if you're totally stuck on the challenges. Saying this, someone once complained Ben 10 was not easy so what can you do :p

jamie1000013 06-07-2010 04:02 AM

might buy it at like 5 pound lol on amazon.ponypo's guide on cloudy with a chance of meatballs was sound so I am assuming this is aswell. Thanks for the guide for that game btw

withoutlove124 06-07-2010 04:05 AM

Maybe ur just bad at them? cuz it took a total of about.....5 hours for my 1000, and only like 3 challenges (the egg rolls) game me ANY trouble, i picked this up and retured in same day ;)

StakemZ 06-08-2010 04:06 AM

The first egg roll was the hardest for me. The other 2 were easy. I got a time of 1:39 on the 3rd one on my first full run (I did the first part like 5 times thinking I could go faster). So far, this game is pretty fun.

Ibanez V7 08-01-2010 03:42 AM

I just finished this game earlier Today and I'd have to say 2/10 for difficulty is quite inaccurate when you compare it with other games that are considered a 2.

I mean, even the Lego games are a 3 or 4 and will barely even test the skills of the newest gamer. My 5 year old son can finish them but he doesn't have a hope in hell with this.

TimespliTT 08-02-2010 03:56 AM

i believe the first 950 points ARE a 2/10. the other 50 is a 5/10 its not hard. but having to go through a minute and 40 seconds of a challenge only to lose by a couple seconds or fall. after the 100 time it really really pisses you off and you lose a controller. the Pterodactyl Challenge really annoys me. sometimes i shoot the birds and they don't blow up!!!!!1!! wtf is that about. i actually beat the level but with only 600. every time i try to shoot "everything" i end up just dieing. i have memorized every second of these two challanges (eggroll 3/Pterodactyl) yet it impossible to predict whats going to happen. (like getting to the end and falling off)

im going to give this game a break and come back later.

withoutlove124 08-02-2010 04:01 AM

I disagree i got 1000 with no time at all finishing at about 4 hours. with no major difficulties. One of the challeges. the 3 that you have to roll the eggs with sid, i had to retry each like 5 times, but they are like 1 min trial and error so no prob there. This game is like 3/10 diff but easily <5 hours.

Cakolukia 08-03-2010 03:13 AM

I just 1000'd it in about 3 hours. It wasn't that bad at all, but it was incredibly boring. And those challenges were a bit tough in some spots, but an easy 1000 nonetheless :)

djhepcat 08-07-2010 02:48 PM

It all depends on your skill with platformers. If you are not good at platformers, 2/10 & < 3 hours for 700pts. The last 300pts for the challenges bump it to 5/10 & > 5 hours for sure. If you excel at platformers, the guide is spot on.

bushmaster2000 08-16-2010 12:04 AM

I found the campaign to be very easy , 2/10 would be right. But the challenges up it to a 3 or 4 in my opinion.

I Am4z1n9 AZ I 09-14-2010 07:31 PM

I thought the game was easy to 1000G the egg roll challenge werent even that hard but I would say the time is under 10 hours not 5 hours.

peppersken 02-05-2011 02:03 AM

Even if you fail like 15 times in the egg roll or other challenges, it can be under a minute per try. None of the challenges should take more than 10-15 minutes and the campaign is a breeze. I beat 12 of the 19 or so levels, along with the accompanying challenges for each level (which I did right after the level itself) in under 3 hours

Corrupt. 02-12-2011 11:54 PM

I'd say 4/10 and 5-7 hours.

xMidget_Furyx 06-21-2011 01:09 AM

i know this is an old thread but i just started this today and after reading the forums on the egg rolls, i just have to say that i got all 3 done in about an hour total time.

the egg rolls are a bit tough but honestly if you have anger managment issues and get frustrated or annoyed yourself a favor and just skip this game.

i personally would set the difficulty rate to a 4/10 the 2/10 is a bit misleading but as ponypo2001 pointed out he got crap for saying it was 4/10, you can't please everyone.

Ponypo2001's guides are pretty steller in my experience. I've used his collectable guide for Leasure suit larry and had no problem (even when he mixed up his left and right ;) ) i'm following his crystal guide and things are going smoothly i should be done or close to being done by this evening.

darkx3no 08-03-2011 07:05 PM


Originally Posted by Cakolukia (Post 3370293)
I just 1000'd it in about 3 hours. It wasn't that bad at all, but it was incredibly boring. And those challenges were a bit tough in some spots, but an easy 1000 nonetheless :)

Bullsh* takes longer than 3 hours to go through the actual story and collect all the crystals alone.

This game should really be 5-10 hour to 1000 and 4/10 difficulty for ALL 1000 achievement points.

Chada Darkmane 03-16-2012 11:45 PM

I have seen so many road maps with inaccurate completion times that i take the longest time the road map states it will take to complete, add 5 hours and count myself lucky to complete it in that time. This game isnt that bad but i would still put it at around 6-7 hours to complete.

Killerchronic 04-04-2012 12:28 AM


Originally Posted by xMidget_Furyx (Post 4309112)
the egg rolls are a bit tough but honestly if you have anger managment issues and get frustrated or annoyed yourself a favor and just skip this game.

Probably one of the stupidest comments i've read on here in a while.

Unless you are seriously OCD, which you didn't mention at all, this is an easy 950 or so points. Anger management issues don't come into it, frustrated and easily annoyed by stupid little things like those levels put you into, do.

Do yourself a favour, don't skip this game but if you get really pissed off just let it go, its another 950, big whoop its not 1k. I know personally i've done it with a few games, if the last 50 is going to give me more frustration and/or more time the the previous 950 or whatever, then i just mail it back and wait to get one of the other over 100 games on my rental list that are also easy gamerscore....there is no shortage of them.

Just got this, already skipped the eggroll stuff just so i can enjoy the game for now, i'll come bk later and see how well it goes, won't be spending more than an hr tops on all 3, that i do know. I've done that before with rentals and i end up not wanting to put them in and putting it off, soon i've had the game 2 months lol (I do play alotta games anyway.)

Arsenic 17 09-18-2012 03:42 AM


Originally Posted by Corrupt x360a (Post 3992488)
I'd say 4/10 and 5-7 hours.

Spot on my friend. I feel the challenges make it at least a 3/10 and probably 4/10. It took me 6 hours to complete the game and I dont really feel I had too much trouble with the challenges. I would say 4-8 hours (depending on skill).

MeonOner 04-09-2013 09:31 AM

I would rate the single player a 2/10. It took me roughly 5 hours to complete the single player. And I'd rate the challenges around a 4-5/10. Mainly because of the "egg roll" challenges. Other than that, this is an easy game.

xDante1986 05-25-2013 11:29 AM

from my point of view the real time around 6-7 hours and difficulty 3/10, there

1/10 (games like king kong or avatar)
2/10 (megamind)

those were easier

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