We love video games almost as much as we love movies, so when Disney unveiled their trailer for Wreck-It-Ralph last week, we were pretty excited about what we saw.
John C. Reilly headlines the animated feature, playing the title character – the villain of a popular video game (which looks a bit like Donkey Kong). Tired of being the bad guy for decades while his counterpart Fix-It-Felix gets all the accolades, Ralph leaves his digital world and starts “game-hopping” through other titles in the arcade. The results are hilarious and sure to please hardcore gamers (watch for cameos from Street Fighter’s Zangief, a Pac-Man ghost, Bowser, and Q-Bert in the trailer).
Seeing as Wreck-It-Ralph is a film about a video game, it makes sense that Disney would have some sort of game tie-in for the film. Never one to miss a trick, they’ve unveiled a simple, free-to-play browser-based game just like the one Ralph co-headlines in the film. You can give it a whirl here.
Wreck-It-Ralph is a simplistic throwback to the classic arcade era -- and will probably amuse you for five minutes before you click on to some other Internet destination -- but it’s still a pretty nifty piece of promotional material for a film we’re excited to see. Players guide Felix up the front of an apartment building, repairing broken windows while Ralph tosses bricks down on him from above. Pick up what we assume are pies on windowsills for bonus points – and dodge the flying birds at higher levels as you try to beat your high score.
The game looks positively quaint compared to the multi-million dollar titles on display at last week’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it’s a good way to relive the glory days of the arcade – a time when games were simpler and came with far fewer bells and whistles.
Wreck-It-Ralph pummels his way into theaters on November 2nd and features voice acting from Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer. Check out the trailer below.