The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure Review [PS4]

This is a big year for the Peanuts gang. If you didn’t know, there’s a new Peanuts Movie out right now in theaters that centers around Charlie Brown and his determination to be noticed by the new girl. It’s a cute movie with many classic Peanuts’ moments which also includes adventures from his trusted friend, Snoopy. Not only is there a new Peanuts Movie out right now, but also a new video game called Snoopy’s Grand Adventure. Like typical Snoopy adventures, much of what you’ll encounter is based on Snoopy’s overactive imagination.

Story

Snoopy’s Grand Adventure has nothing to do with the current Peanuts Movie that is out right now. This is a standalone adventure that can be played without ever watching the movie. In this adventure, Charlie Brown and the gang decide to play a little hide and seek. Not wanting to be left out, Snoopy chases after them by following a trail of jellybeans his dear friend Charlie Brown has left behind.

Presentation

Fans of the new Peanuts Movie will surely enjoy the look and feel of Snoopy’s Grand Adventure. Much of the game and cut scenes mimic the style of art featured in the movie while the music in the game is classic Peanuts. This is pretty much THE game for anyone who loves Peanuts.

The game is pretty looking and is your standard 2.5D platform game. It has 3D elements, but the game itself is stock on one layer of play. Because this is a family friendly game aimed mostly at children, the art is really clean and colorful and very cartoony. This is the type of game suitable for children of all ages which isn’t surprising since it’s a Snoopy game.

Gameplay

Snoopy’s Grand Adventure plays very much like your traditional side scrolling platform game. If you or your kids have played games like Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, or Rayman, than you’ll be able to jump right into playing this. It’s a pretty straight forward platformer that isn’t too hard to play that will be easy for most kids to play well.

The only new element comes from the ability to co-op the game with a second player joining in as Snoopy’s faithful companion, Woodstock. The first player is always Snoopy while the second player can fly around with Woodstock, reaching certain areas that Snoopy can not. Woodstock can activate special areas by flying in them allowing Snoopy to make use of them. Woodstock can also gather up jellybeans into a pile that Snoopy can collect all at once. Playing as Woodstock is even easier than playing as Snoopy so again, you’re kids could easily jump in and help or vise-versa.

Like most platform games too, you can’t just skip ahead to the end. You’ll have to make your way to the end by unlocking new areas based on items you’ve collected and levels you’ve played.

Final Thoughts

Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is a rather simple platform game for fans of the Peanuts franchise. It does a good job of bringing the look and feel of the new movie into the game and utilizes all of that quite well. This is really a game for those who are die hard Snoopy fans and kids. It’s a cute game, but I could only really ever play it when I was playing with my son, which was fun as long as I did it in co-op. It’s a good platform game, but a little too slow paced for my liking which I attribute to Snoopy’s Grand Adventure really being for kids due to its simplicity.

With that said, this is a great family title. If you have kids who just saw the movie or really like Snoopy, they will surely enjoy this game. Also, if you’ve been looking for a co-op game to play with your kid, this would be a good game to pick up as well. It’s an easy game to enjoy with very little frustration involved.


Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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