Magazine article USA TODAY

Enjoying Video Games Galore

Magazine article USA TODAY

Enjoying Video Games Galore

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If you look at the top of most kids' wish lists, you are bound to find new titles for their gaming systems. We looked at a bevy of the latest releases and they're sure to please this holiday season.

Based on the immensely popular Nickelodeon television programs, THQ, Inc., Calabasas Hills, Calif., adds The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown ($39) and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Attack of the Twonkies ($29) to its large video game library.

The plot of Shadow Showdown sounds like a kid's worst nightmare--there's no TV reception! As Timmy and his Fairy Godparents set out to solve this problem, they unveil that the dastardly Shadow's ultimate plan is to take over the world. This game, designed for one to two players, features six levels based on episodes of the TV show and 18 new wish inventions such as Suit Spray, Repair-o-Tron, and Pogo Stick of Justice. Players will find several unlockable mini-clips from the show as they race to unmask the evil-doer.

In Attack of the Twonkies, only Jimmy Neutron can save Retroville from the terror when ferocious alien Twonkies take over. There are secret gizmos hidden in each of 15 levels of this one-player game which give Jimmy Neutron enhanced power-ups as participants find gadgets to create all-new inventions and capture the Twonkies.

If your children prefer movies to television, we're sure they've seen "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tale." Activision, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., has created new titles based on these DreamWorks' productions.

In Shrek 2 ($29.99), players can relive the adventure of the film by playing their favorite characters--Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, and Puss-in-boots. Additional characters, original to the game, become available as the action progresses. By mastering the unique skills of each, players can switch among them to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and complete the adventure. For one to four players, the game covers 11 levels that include film locales and entirely new locations such as Dwarven Mines and an enchanted forest.

In DreamWorks' Shark Tale ($49.99), players assume the role of Oscar, a fast-talking little fish working his way up the food chain. He becomes an unlikely hero in his search for an easy path to fame and fortune. There are more than 25 missions set in locations from the film and new environments exclusive to this one-player game. …

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