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As great as it is to see Cinemaware make a return to the gaming scene, I just hope the company sees that many of their games weren't as impressive in gameplay as they were in presentation back in the day. You can't get by on looks alone anymore...which is a good theory on why the company vanished a decade ago. The Three Stooges doesn't stand the test of time on the Game Boy Advance as well as it could have...as improved as it is from its original vision on the Amiga, it could have used an extra game mode or three to make it more significant in the GBA market.
The game's visuals are great and bring back the flavor of the Three Stooges very well, and this aspect of the game will appeal to fans of the movies. Even those who are not big fans will still enjoy the nostalgia. The gameplay, however, leaves much to be desired, mostly in terms of depth; there's just not much here to keep anyone's interest for long. Even arcade-challenged players like myself can master the games in a few rounds of playing and then go on to save the orphanage easily. My family reached a general consensus that this game didn't rate above the mediocre.
Die drei sind sich für nix zu schade und verwickeln dich fortan in idiotische Minispielchen. Die Kuchenschlachten, Wettrennen und Fragerunden sind an Einfallslosigkeit kaum zu schlagen und so bieten die drei liebenswürdigen Trottel alles in allem eine viel zu kurze Spielzeit. Da hilft auch die gute Grafik nichts mehr - spare lieber dein Geld.
In fact, The Three Stooges is such a faithful port of the original that it even reproduces the disappointment many of us felt oh those many years ago when we realized that there was not a lot of gameplay beneath the clever film-like experience. Pieces of the interface remain just as inscrutable, and the narrow range of mini-games is not enough to justify the title's price, let alone the obvious love that went into other parts of the design.
Granted, fans of the Three Stooges or classic Cinemaware games will be pleased to see this game reappear after so many years, especially with the graphical upgrade allowed by newer hardware. Gamers who are unfamiliar with the history behind the game may find the level of gameplay too shallow to fathom, and the novelty of having Larry, Curly, and Moe at your fingertips will wear thin very soon. In the end, The Three Stooges looks and sounds good, but it just doesn't offer the depth that most gamers are looking for.