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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Not for the experienced gamer

Author: newsfop from Ann Arbor, MI
9 September 2007

I chose this title on a whim because my Blockbuster return deal allowed movie OR video game rentals for free. I of course have a Gamecube, so the selection was devastatingly sparse. I came across Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and figured, "What the hey!" I will vouch for the remarkable set designing and creativity when it comes to the look of the game. I was impressed by the beauty.

However, the challenges were really not too challenging and rather predictable. I had endeared to another game ran along similar lines: Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt, which took me a couple days to finish. This game took me an evening and and after noon to complete.

I don't fancy myself a hardened gamer, and to complete this game so quickly, I was a bit let down. This is really more for the target audience of the Gamecube, kids; young kids! It was nice to see the sets and a bit of variety and depth, but I didn't feel challenged.

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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Excellent Game, Don't Let Bad Reviews Get You Down

Author: Stephen Pickren from Gillsville, Georgia
6 August 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" you play as Charlie Bucket as he, with the help of the Oompa Loompas, has to rescue each of the naughty children from a horrible fate. The game design is really beautiful with a lot of detail put into each room and characters. The story is told by storybook like cut out characters that move and talk, which at first seems strange but you get used to it, but the opening and end story is computer animation which the characters look like something out of "Nightmare Before Christmas", not to say that the storybook look of the in-between stories is bad, it's just that they should have made each in between story CG.

In game play, you must solve a series of puzzles with the help of the Oompa Loompas to help rescue the children. Sometimes the puzzles are easy but every so often, some of the puzzles are challengingly confusing and you find your self stuck on a puzzle for thirty minutes trying to figure out what to do next. Overall, the game play is fun. The Oompa Loompas are hilarious and really fun to work with! When they are standing still, they begin to do push ups to pass the time. This game is a lot like the Lemmings or Pikmin as in you have to get them to do things to solve puzzles. Grandpa Joe also helps, press a button on your controller (depending on which system you have) and he gives you advice on how to solve the puzzles if you get stuck.

You use candy powers during game play; you throw Everlasting Gobstoppers at your enemies. You use candy balloons to reach high places; even Fizzy Lifting Drinks make it on to this game as you use it to fly! And belch to come down of course.

The game does have a few bugs. When you sometimes tell an Oompa Loompa to do something, it will begin to run in circles or get stuck behind something, but a gentle nudge or follow command will fix that problem, it's not a big deal at all.

The characters are great; sadly Johnny Depp doesn't appear on this game as Mr. Wonka, but the Charlie from the movie does talk for Charlie on this game. James Taylor, doubtful if it really is the singer James Taylor, does a good job in Depp's place as Wonka, almost identical voice of Wonka from the movie.

The rooms and scenery in this game are amazingly detail and at times very beautiful, it is very exciting to actually walk through the Chocolate Room. I loved it.

At the end of the game, after the Mike Teavee stage, you are given a choice to either use the elevator to go up and out and end the game right there, or you can help Willy Wonka collect secret ingredients in three rooms. What you have to do is collect golden W's and when you collect them all the game will end, but you will also have unlocked a bonus menu screen. In it, all of the stories you have seen will be available to watch without having to play through it again. Also, in the bonus menu screen you also unlock two trailers for the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and a photo gallery for the new movie. I recommend doing this, movie trailers are cool and collecting the golden W's is easy.

Overall, don't believe the reviews that say this game is bad, it's not. Maybe because I'm a huge fan of the book and both movies so naturally I would love the game. It really is the next best thing to being there yourself. So if you love the story and want something sweet; take a bite out of this game, but if you're not a fan it may for some reason taste sour, but I don't see why. I had fun with this game; after all, it's like being a kid in a candy store.

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9 out of 33 people found the following review useful:

Chocolatey Surprise

Author: cybermansec from United Kingdom
19 October 2005

*****Brilliant ****Good ***OK **Good effort but nowhere near brilliant *Play at your own risk 0/5 Can't describe how bad it is. Review: I did enjoy this game to be extremely honest, it wasn't really good i must admit the movie is much better than this. It is a good effort but I didn't like the fact because it didn't have Oompa Loompa songs in it. I liked the Oompa Loompa's in the movie (The new movie) and in this I was VERY disappointed about it. But it is a chocolaty surprise for me. Not as good as the movie but it is okay you should rent it first though... P.S: Has anyone else seen the cool videos in it after it says the chapters?***OK

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