It’s hardly surprising to hear the news that an upcoming Disney film will be receiving a video game tie in. However, when that film is one which celebrates retro gaming and also features a cascade of classic video game icons like Q-Bert and Pac-Man, it’s fair to say that expectations are raised considerably.
Directed by Rich Moore (a former Simpsons and Futurama scribe) Walt Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph clearly looks set to do for video games what Toy Story did for toys in 1995.
The CG animated film stars the voice of John C.Reilly as Ralph – the pixelated villain of a 30 year old arcade game titled Wreck-It Ralph. After spending his entire career playing the bad guy, Ralph decides to escape his arcade cabinet in search of a new life as a hero in a video game titled Hero’s Duty.
Activision and Disney Interactive’s video game tie-in is set to feature the same mix of retro and modern gaming influences, by taking the form of a classic side-scroller. Switching between Wreck-It Ralph and his pal Fix-It Felix, you’ll be able to use your destructive powers to take on the villainous Cy-Bugs, in both single-player and co-op modes.
Activision executive David Oxford has said that “Wreck-It Ralph, as a brand, is perfectly suited for video game stardom” and that “we know fans are going to love seeing their newfound favourite characters embark on an all-new side scrolling adventure.”
While many previous Disney tie-ins like WALL.E and Bolt have left us disappointed in the past, recent ones like Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 have been genuinely good. Here’s hoping that Wreck It Ralph: The Game will live up to the fantastic concept of the movie, and deliver a good solid dose of retro side-scrolling fun.
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Wreck-It Ralph: The Game is released for Wii, 3DS and DS this Autumn