There are so many games that come out based on movie licenses that you would really just think that at least one or two of them would have somewhat favorable results. Well today we get to check one of the "odder" games to movie translations in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Is it possible to bring the wonderful world of chocolate into a tasty adventure on the PS2? You’re going to have to read our full review to find out!
I know, I know, it is hard to imagine that you could possibly even make a video game based on the movie. But yes, you get to play in the adventure of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where good old Charlie Bucket bought one candy bar which turned out to contain the prestigious golden ticket. So now he gets the amazing opportunity of meeting Willy Wonka himself. And as I am sure you know the rest of the story - you get to meet up with other kids who also won these Golden Tickets - and the story unfolds from there.
As anyone who has seen this new re-imagining of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or even the old one will know that all of the kids going to the factory are absolute brats. Just as the movie has you going around from room to room, cleaning up the mess of all of the kids at the factory, it’s the same here as you take on the role of Charlie in cleaning up the mess. While this may sound like a daunting task, the Oompa-Loompas fortunately can lend a helping hand as well.
The game has some very basic platforming elements, but for the most part this is some of the worst attempts at making a platform game I have played in the past few years. I understand that this game was made for the younger crowd, but even they are going to see some of the cheap quirks that the developers put into this game that really just left me with a dry taste in my mouth. For whatever reason the developers made the platforming in this game as simple as possible, and this just ends up making all of the missions in this game tedious and extremely bland.
The platforming isn’t the only problem the game has, as the camera angle is down right frustrating. It just likes to take all of the wrong views in the game and will make little kids and big kids extremely upset and frustrated with the game. After playing this game I must say that this is one of the most disappointing games I have seen all year.
For those of you who saw the latest movie starring Johnnie Depp, you will remember that it was a very colorful and has a unique style of cinematography. The video game addition does also have a unique look to it, but I am not sure it’s a good unique look. The game doesn’t use all that much color, but does have a good set of character models, which look quite a bit like those from the movie.
I felt as though this game just wasn’t given the time and work that it needed in the visual department to really stand out. The environments just didn’t have any sort of detail to it nor did they really just do anything to make this game look anything more then average.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a lot of ideas that it could have gone with, and unfortunately it just never managed to get itself off the ground, nor did it have any overly good features at all to speak of. The camera in the game is one of the worst I have seen in any game this year. It was like the developers really just pushed this game out on store shelves much too early. This game just was never much fun for me and I really don’t think kids are going to be fooled by the rushed game either.
Parents, please read this very carefully - this game is just not worth the purchase. I could see this game potentially be an interesting game to get your kids but this game just isn’t anything that it was made up to be. It has so many problems that it’s just not worthy of a rental or a purchase.
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