Review

Disney's runaway hit TV series has crossed over into Florida's theme parks! For those who aren't familiar with the premise, two stepbrothers spend their summer days building and designing the best things ever. Their older sister, Candace tries to "bust" them to their mom in betwixt ogling her boyfriend, Jeremy. And of course, their pet platypus doubles as a secret agent to stop the kooky schemes of one Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Due to the smartly-written humor, the good, moral center, and the ultimate likeability of the characters, the show has gone wildly popular, and now it's difficult to spend a day at Walt Disney World without seeing a teal duck-billed shirt glaring at you.

TV shows rarely make good theme park attractions. Once the show goes off the air, it becomes dated. Only after, say, ten or so years it becomes nostalgic, but that awkward time in between is a tough hill to overcome. Just ask Kim Possible, who held the title of longest-running TV show from Disney until Phineas and Ferb usurped that title. During KP's fourth prolonged season in 2007, Imagineers gave her a new game at Epcot's World Showcase. But after Kim and Ron's show went off the air and their popularity dwindled, the attraction followed suit. By 2012, Kim's demise was evident and the fedora-wearing platypus was well on the rise.

Agent P's organization, the O.W.C.A (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym) is recruiting unpaid interns (Read: you, dear guest.) to aid Perry the platypus's international quest to stop Doofenshirtz's nutty "Inators" (Read: his devices.). You are given a Verizon-brand cell phone that will play video and audio of P's boss, Major Monogram. This game, a scavenger hunt, has you trodding all over one of the World Showcase's pavilions, looking for clues and interacting with various elements, and stopping the Drusselstinien doctor.

This game is an obvious theme replacement from Kim Possible to Phineas and Ferb. Does that make it bad? Not at all. It's fun, interactive, and best of all, loyal to the source material. It does get tiring after, say, your third or fourth country of sprinting around from clue to clue, but the game does vary,so there's definite replayability. The jokes are funny, the touches of detail are great, and they never detract from the inherent seriousness to the pavilions. Well...aside from the constant tweeting of player's phones as you wander through Norway's stave church or China's lily pond. It's great for fans and those who like a vigorous exercise in the middle of their day at Epcot. But that's its main problem. As much as Michelle Obama may approve, extra exercise at the park just isn't on most guest's agenda. And in some ways the game does get a tad repetitive, even with the variances in the storyline. But otherwise, it's a ton of fun, right down to Doofenshmirtz's cry as he flies off into the stratosphere, "CURSE YOU, PERRY THE PLATYPUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSS!!"

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