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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (known as Night at the Museum 2 in other countries) is an action video game developed by Amaze Entertainment and Pipeworks Software and published by Majesco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360. The video game is based on film of the same name. It was released on May 5, 2009. Ben Stiller reprises his role in the film as the voice of Larry Daley.
Gameplay will involve Larry exploring certain exhibits in the museum. Platforming involves Larry using a rope to swing from hooks and a flashlight that activates different contraptions. Battling requires Larry to lead his enemies to a certain painting or statue and activating it, causing the object to attack (ex. Thinker will swipe at a passing enemy, an ocean painting releases a shark, etc.) Larry will be able to pilot vehicles, which are the Lunar Lander, a Pitcairn Autogyro and Rexy the T-rex.
The game received mixed reviews in general, with a Metacritic average of 50%.
IGN were the most positive source, saying that the game is “not exhilarating, not mind-blowing, but surprisingly solid. Good job, Pipeworks, you made a game that's educational, simple, and, best of all, never outstays its welcome.” Official Xbox Magazine called it “a solid choice for couch time with the kids.” IT Reviews acknowledged “there are decent moments,” but added that the game “is ridiculously short, a little too muddled and really quite poor value for money.” GameSpot also agreed on the longevity issue, saying that “a few cute moments can't disguise this movie tie-in's biggest problem: its criminally short length.”
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian press release - IGN
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian