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
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
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..
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