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Curious George

 

 

SCORE: 92

 

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I remember Curious George very fondly from my childhood days of learning how to read. Well earlier in this year (2006) a cartoon movie was done based on Curious George. To my pleasant surprise Namco published a video game based on the movie. Family Friendly Gaming has already reviewed the Gameboy Advance version, and now we are getting around to the home console version (on the Playstation 2, Gamecube, and Xbox). The video game is mainly a platformer where the curious little monkey has to avoid trouble, and help the man in the yellow hat (of course).

Graphically Curious George is very bright and colorful, even the jungle levels. There are good details in the levels, and the cartoon style makes the books come alive in a 3D world. Wholesome images are also used properly in this game. Fans of the books will find this to be very nice to look at indeed. The game has quite a few graphics that are rather humorous as the little monkey explores his environment (which the game encourages).

The sounds in Curious George are very crisp, and clear. The sounds work well in this game, especially the voices that assist the player in how to play the game. The music is very cheerful, and themed quite appropriately for each of the levels. The monkey noises that little Curious George make are quite humorous at certain occasions. Other times the little monkey’s confusion is quite apparent.

Curious George gives quite a few levels for the player to play. Like most platformers this game has quite a few things to collect. Can you guess the main item to collect in this game? If you guessed bananas then you were right on base. Only one player may play at a time, but the game allows for multiple saves. After beating mini games they may be played again at the players leisure. Levels can also be replayed in order to collect everything. In this reviewers humble opinion this game is worth its price tag.

Curious George controls quite well with one learning curve. The double jump that the little monkey performs can take a few tries to get it exactly right. Once the player has it down though, there are no more problems that this reviewer found with the controls whatsoever. The level designs work quite well, and usually there is only one real way to complete a certain task. There are times of exploration where the player must find the right way to get to say a vent. They are not difficult, usually just require a little looking around. I found this to be a fun little game to play. In my humble estimations, a child of seven to eight would be a good start age to this game.

There are quite a few things that hit me after playing Curious George. One of them is how there was no violence in this game. There was no death, there was no exploitation of women, and no lessons teaching destruction. The worst thing in this game is the man in the yellow hat hiding George from those who would get mad about a monkey being in his apartment. Which really the man had no way of controlling. The player is never required to actively defy authority, just to hide from it. George does create a lot of chaos, and all of it is accidental. Playful mischief best describes Curious George. I would recommend this to my pastor, and let my kids play it.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 92%
Sound: 91%
Replay/Extras: 93%
Gameplay: 94%
Family Friendly Factor: 89%
System: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
Publisher: Namco
ESRB Rating:
'E' for Everyone


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