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Otherwise Nightmare Before Christmas is pretty much everything you could ask for in a Halloween game. As an added treat, the lenticular packaging makes for an amazing box cover.
L'Etrange Noel de Mr Jack a bien négocié son passage sur GBA. On retrouve un jeu de plate-forme hauts en couleurs et vraiment sympathique à jouer. Il mérite donc l'attention du public.
This could easily have been just another movie tie-in, but thanks to development team TOSE and the care and effort they've clearly dedicated to this project it's so much more. Obviously this has a great deal to do with Japan's continued love affair with the original movie so that even when everyone else appeared to have forgotten about this stop motion classic the Japanese were still exploiting the franchise in every way possible. For fans of the movie this really has everything: all the characters, all the locations and all the humor. It's a joy to play too and the mixture of ever changing control systems crossed with a variety of different challenges means you'll keep coming back just to see what happens next. On the down side the bits in-between are rather samey and much of the exploration could have been streamlined. Overall though the whole thing is highly recommended whether you're a fan of the movie or are just searching for a challenging platformer.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King will appeal most to fans of the movie, but you don't need any attachment to Jack or the other characters to appreciate that developer Tose went far beyond the call of duty with this assignment. It doesn't live up to the tight, polished designs of its direct inspirations, but you have to give this game a lot of respect for even trying. Moreover, it's a beefy and satisfying adventure on a system that probably doesn't have many big games left in the pipeline.
It's been over 10 years since Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and the rest of the gang charmed their way into people's hearts, yet only now are we receiving proper video-game adaptations of the this early '90s stop motion animation classic. TOSE has done a topnotch job of proving it's possible to create a licensed game perfectly playable by children and adults alike without insulting the intelligence of either, one of the highest compliments that can be laid on games with such a shameful expectation attached. There's plenty more to be explored in Tim Burton's universe, though, so let's hope enough fans show their support that Buena Vista makes another outing and shows us Jack's next move.
Das kann Jack natürlich nicht zulassen und so macht ihr euch quer durch Halloween-Town auf, um den Fieslingen mit Froschgewehr und Kürbisbombe zu Leibe zu rücken. Das Jump & Run besticht weniger durch Innovationen als durch seinen Look, der das Flair des Films mit skurrilen Gegnern und schönen Szenarien prima einfängt. Es gibt zwar wenig Neues, aber trotzdem ein schaurig-schönes Abenteuer!
Nightmare Before Christmas might not be all that amazing visually, and audio-wise it's the absolute pits. But it does give kids a solid Nightmare Before Christmas-based adventure, even if it lacks that special "zing" that the unique license could have afforded. But forget the above-average game in the package -- collectors of Nightmare Before Christmas have a nice little knickknack with this GBA game thanks to one of the coolest box designs in the Game Boy Advance library.
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The game just fails to capture attention. It feels more like a mindless attempt to cash-in on the franchise, and not at all given the treatment you would want anything associated with NBC to receive. Unless you are a huge die-hard fan, then I don't recommend this game. As a huge SNES fan, its 2D appearance is fun to look at, but they just didn't put much thought or creativity into this game. To use a tired cliché, they just phoned it in.