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The Little Mermaid II (PSone Classics) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . I came away impressed with The Little Mermaid II. I didn't expect the side-scrolling gameplay and Ecco-style exploration. The puzzles are inventive and the presentation shows that some care was put into this adaptation. Older gamers will have no problem beating the story in one sitting and younger Mermaid fans may be confused by the outdated look. Still, the core mechanics hold up and I had a lot of fun. Rating: 57%
The Little Mermaid II (PSone Classics)
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What Is It? What do you get when you mix the gameplay of NiGHTS into Dreams with the underwater antics of Ecco the Dolphin? A surprisingly fun game adaptation of The Little Mermaid II, that's what. This colorful 2.5D action game may be short on substance, but that didn't keep me from having a lot of fun playing through this PS1 classic.

Because it takes elements from two different movies, you'll end up playing as both Arial and her twelve year old daughter, Melody. Both segments feature different storylines and locations, which include exploring sunken ghost ships and underwater caverns. The player will have to pick up objects to solve puzzles and escape danger with your superior swimming skills. It's an enjoyable romp that is sewn together with cinemas straight out of the films.

Does It Still Hold Up? The gameplay is a bit of a mixed bag. While the swimming feels natural, things start to fall apart the moment you have to use your legs to run and jump. On the other hand, I was impressed with the colorful presentation and the voice acting wasn't as painful as I feared. The story isn't very long and the difficulty is too easy, but this will certainly hold up to the target audience.

Is It Worth The Money? I came away impressed with The Little Mermaid II. I didn't expect the side-scrolling gameplay and Ecco-style exploration. The puzzles are inventive and the presentation shows that some care was put into this adaptation. Older gamers will have no problem beating the story in one sitting and younger Mermaid fans may be confused by the outdated look. Still, the core mechanics hold up and I had a lot of fun. The Little Mermaid II can be a good time, but don't forget to come up for air.
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