3DOThe game isn't the most logical in the world, so the ability to suspend disbelief is pre-requisite. For example, Casper can transform with a mist to navigate the ventilation system, but can't penetrate a barred door! One puzzle requires you to drop a lead weigh on a sparkly area to trigger a switch. That's hardly intuitive, but most of the game's puzzles are simple enough to hold your attention. Eventually, you'll open up so much of the mansion that it becomes confusing to navigate. A map screen would have been helpful. Still, the game is addictive, and I like how you can save you progress at any time. In terms of presentation, Casper rates extremely high. The house has a decrepit but elegant look, evocative of Disney's Haunted Mansion. The lavish orchestrated musical score tows the line between playful and ominous. This is a game that eventually grew on me. If your 3DO can handle it, Casper is a pleasant diversion.
PlayStationCasper should keep the kids happy for quite some time. If you loved the movie, you'll enjoy the game. The graphics and sounds are OK but not spectacular.
SEGA SaturnCasper is an imaginative, funny adventure geared toward younger kids (before they reach those Mortal Kombat bloodlust years). It "floats" the narrow line between staying tame for children and being interesting to adults. To modify a Hollywood cliche, the result is entertainment suitable for the entire family.
PlayStationCasper is the kind of game that will attract kids. This is probably just as well, for they won’t be too critical about the very average graphics or the uninspiring sound. Even the repetitiveness of the puzzle-solving might just slip past without too much of a grumble. For anybody else though… let’s face it, this game is pants even for kids.
Game Boy ColorAny parents who are looking for "safe" games for their children should consider this one. It's a good game for little kids to play, because it's non-violent. It also exercises the mind a bit by having the player solve various puzzles and come up with solutions for the problems that Casper runs into. There is no point-and-click solution in this game, and you can't blow away the enemy with your guns or kick your way out of it. The only way to win is by using problem-solving skills, making it a worthy purchase for children bored with traditional Game Boy Color offerings.
PlayStationAll things considered, Casper is a pretty good game. It works graphically, the sound and music are great, and it has an acceptable level of control. However, it falls short in terms of challenging puzzles and action sequences, leaving the player with little more to do than a haunt the venerable Whipstaf Manor.
Game Boy ColorInsgesamt ist Casper ein eher durchschnittliches Spiel. Die Schwachstellen, wie die missglückte Grafik und das Fehlen neuer Spielideen, sind überdeutlich und auch nicht durch die gute Steuerung wieder wettzumachen.
Game Boy ColorCasper is a well-conceived game that just can't get out of its own mire. Puzzle maze challenges need some variety, some exciting events, some graphic touches, and some new challenges to entice gamers, and Casper unfortunately has little of that. Even battles with bosses are dull and remote. This is the mirror image of Casper -- you know the ghost there, but you can't see or touch it.
Game Boy ColorOverall, Casper is a game seeking the right audience. For children from age 5 to 12, many fun hours of friendly haunting await. For adolescents and adults, however, there are better choices in the genre, namely Nintendo's Zelda DX or the upcoming Crystalis. Casper's two hours of total gaming isn't for everyone.
PlayStationAnother problem is moving to the different rooms -- every few screens has the game pausing to load more information (you'll see a "Hang On" screen while this happens). While it only takes a few seconds, it's enough of a bother to make traveling annoying, especially considering the amount of backtracking involved. In the end, the game feels more like work than fun, which is the scariest part of this ghostly adventure.
PlayStationThe graphics are decent at best, but the skewed top-down view makes everything seem flat. Not to mention the utter sense of pointlessness you feel just wandering around, with nothing for Casper to do except look stupid. To their credit, the designers have thrown in some action, like when you get chased around by Casper's mean uncles, but Casper can't fight back, so all you can do is run away. What fun is that? Even little kids, who the game is presumably aimed at, won't like it.
Game Boy ColorLa durée de vie est honorable... si vous avez le courage d’aller jusqu’au bout ! Les ennemis étant rares, l’aventure n’est pas très motivante. De plus, la réalisation n’est pas vraiment soignée. Les graphismes sont grossiers et les couleurs mal choisies. La jouabilité n’est pas mauvaise, mais on aurait préféré une sélection des items un peu plus instinctive. Enfin, la musique est répétitive.