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Curious George books have been a favorite of this reviewer since my childhood. It was quite a joy to receive a reviewable copy of a Curious George video game on the Gameboy Advance. Namco was able to capture the little curious monkey, and the man in the yellow hat quite well. It was very nice that they stayed true to the source material, which was the movie based on the books. This is a side scrolling adventure that is for children, but not the youngest of kids. The main reason is this game can get complex, and difficult in the later stages of the game. The story is about the man with the yellow hat working for a museum that is in trouble. He must find a specific artifact, or the museum will be destroyed. Can you playing as a curious little monkey save the museum for the man in the yellow hat?

Graphically this game looks really good on the Gameboy Advance. The amount of on screen enemies, items, etc. is obviously pushing this little hand held machine to its limits. The graphics are bright and colorful. There is also no violence allowed from the player at all. George avoids his enemies, and this really makes the player work harder than in most action adventure side scrolling 2D titles. The art work is like the books have been brought to life, which is good news indeed. Wholesome images are used properly in this game. A real visual treat in this game is to see George floating up on a blue balloon.

The music in this game fits it nicely, and had this reviewer happily humming along with its cheerful nature. The sounds are crisp, and clear as well. These sounds also fit the different on screen action quite well. What makes the sounds so amazing is this is on the Gameboy Advance. This little machine can still churn out some nice little ditties.

Curious George is like a lot of children's action adventure games; meaning it is lacking in the replay department. There are quite a few secret areas to be found, along with bonus levels to be earned and played. This reviewer was able to amass over forty extra lives playing through each level. Since this game can be found for under $20.00 US Dollars this reviewer feels that the purchaser will receive their money's worth. The life bar being the hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil monkey's was a nice touch indeed.

This game handles flawlessly. The control design works great, as does the level design. The level design is something amazing to behold in a great many levels. The intricacies of many of the levels was very nice indeed. This is also a very fun game to play. Since there are easy ways to earn so many extra lives (every 50 fireflies found), making a couple of mistakes and dying a time or two is never a bother. Namco could have churned something out, banking on the name recognition of Curious George; but they didn't (instead they worked hard on this title).

This game was a real pleasure to play and review. There is no violence from the player, and the lesson being taught is to avoid violence. This is a game that is safe for the entire family. This is also the kind of game that this reviewer would recommend to a pastor. A real hats off (a yellow one) goes to Namco for doing a video game based on Curious George exactly the way it should be done. This is one of the few secular games to receive our seal of approval.
- Paul


Graphics: 98%
Sound: 95%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 100%
Family Friendly Factor: 100%
System: Gameboy Advance
Publisher: Namco
'E' for Everyone

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