Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 4.9
Graphics 4.0
Sound 4.0
Value 3.9
Distributor: Take2 Interactive
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
September 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

4.0


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Man, I didnít know what to make of this game!!! You can tell itís been aimed at the younger audience, however it is quite badly put together and a fairly ordinary attempt at a cash in on the movie soon to be released.  

There are a series of mini games that whilst brightly coloured and lit, play pretty poorly and are cumbersome to control. The characters in the game are very exaggerated and I actually found them all pretty creepy.  

The game takes you through the factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka with the player taking the part of innocent little Charlie. As the naughty children fall prey to the various enticements that are located around the place, Charlie has to get jiggy wití it and try to stop the damage to the kids being a little too permanent. 

The games are pretty wacky and there is not enough time to get a good idea of the instructions until the game is already underway. Itís hard to figure out what to do in most games and when the ďintuitiveĒ moves donít work you find that you are well and truly stuffed! 

Graphically this game suffers and the lack of ability to jack up the resolution also makes for some shocking gameplay. I ultimately found that this had a lot to be desired over the long run. Lines are jaggy and the characters look as though they fell straight out the 1990ís express! 

About the only thing that is in the favour of this title is that theyíve made it for extremely low end systems so everyone gets to experience this littleÖ ahem.. treasure. 

Younger gamers might be a bit more out of this but I think that they will eventually get just as annoyed as us adults giving the game a crack. I would have to say give this one a miss but if you are going to push ahead anyways, then make sure that you are renting first! Itís a low down effort to milk a movie with low end games that enthusiasts will pay up for any way. Does it get better on a console? Letís seeÖ.. 

System Requirements:

Win 98/ME/2000/XP PII 450mhz/ 128mb/GeForce 1 or better/Hardware Transformation and Lighting Required/ 8x or 16x CD Rom/ 200mb HDD/ Direct X 9 compatible sound card






 
 



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