Wreck-It Ralph is like Toy Story except with video game characters in an arcade. When the game’s over, they come to life but Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t want to go back to his game. This bad guy is tired of wrecking things only to have them repaired by his counterpart, Fix-It Felix, so he sets off on a game-hopping journey to become a hero. Unfortunately, Ralph can’t escape his destructive nature. He crashes a first-person shooter and unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.
The voice cast is a perfect match with the characters. They sound exactly like you’d expect, which isn’t surprising since they look like the actors too. The parts seem to have been specifically written for the stars, right down to their personalities: John C. Reilly as the oafish Wreck-It Ralph, Jack McBrayer as the lovable Fix-It Felix, Jane Lynch as the badass Sergeant Calhoun, and Sarah Silverman as the not-so-sweet Vanellope von Schweetz.
There’s also a subplot of being outdated. There are lots cameos by classic video game characters like Bowser from Super Mario Bros.; Clyde the ghost from Pac-Man; and M. Bison, Zangief and Shuma-Gorath from Street Fighter. Some of them have not held up well over the years. Qbert and the gang are forced to panhandle for work as NPCs. Even the soundtrack is old-school. The trailer features “Once In A Lifetime” by Talking Heads. It’s enough nostalgia to give you a nerdgasm.
Activision has announced a video game tie-in exclusively for the Nintendo DS, 3DS and Wii.
“Wreck-It Ralph, as a brand entity, is perfectly suited for video game stardom,” said David Oxford, Executive Vice President, Activision Publishing. “With the fantastic characters and creative atmosphere envisioned by Walt Disney Animation Studios, we know fans are going to love seeing their newfound favorite characters embark on an all-new side scrolling adventure.”
The game picks up where the movie leaves off as Ralph partners with Fix-It Felix and sets out to save their friends and home from a huge Cy-Bug invasion. Pounding through all-new levels in the “Wreck-It Ralph” universe, like Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty, and Fix-It Felix, Jr., players will have to use Ralph’s destructive strength to beat by the Cy-Bugs, while switching back to Felix to repair the damage. With story campaign and two-player co-op on the Wii platform, players can switch between Ralph and Felix to solve action-packed puzzles and collect “Hero Medals”.
The movie and game won’t be out until November 2 but you can play the Fix-It Felix Jr. flash game right now. It accurately recreates the look and feel of a classic arcade machine. In fact, it’s a little too accurate. The levels are repetitive; the controls are laggy; and there are lots of cheap attacks. It’s fun for a couple of minutes but any longer and you might end up hitting your computer just like one of those old arcade machines.