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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (GameCube)

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Game Chronicles
Sure, playing as Charlie is the obvious choice given the game’s namesake, but the story really isn’t about Charlie; it’s about Wonka. It’d be cooler to play as Willy Wonka, or even switch back and forth between Wonka, Charlie, and the other kids.
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GamersReports
If the designers had decided to make the game a straight up Lemmings or Pikmin clone, I think it would have fared much better. The problem lies in them trying to combine the two without much success. If you are planning on giving this game to your kids, we recommend renting it first.
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Game Informer Magazine
Oh Charlie, what have you done? I appreciate the fact that this is a licensed product aimed at a young audience, but this has to be one of the worst games I’ve had the displeasure of playing in quite some time. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory puts the "Wonka" back in "wonky controls" and the "Willie" back in "willie, willie cwappy wevel design." Honestly, an early sequence that has Charlie turning robots into giant hairballs and then rolling them into a series of vents was as frustrating and pointless as gaming gets. It’s interesting that the opening sequence features Charlie desperately chasing a dollar bill down the street, which is a great metaphor for the fact that this game exists in the first place.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Il aurait suffit à Charlie Et La Chocolaterie de s'attarder davantage sur sa jouabilité, et ainsi gommer ses lourds problèmes de collisions, pour obtenir un jeu plutôt sympa. Malheureusement, ça n'a pas été fait, et on se trouve face à un titre très moyen.
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IGN
The recently adapted Charlie and the Chocolate factory, based on Roald Dahl's classic tale, sounds like the perfect thing to whip into a videogame. It's an insanely popular license, for one, and the story's blend of oddball contraptions and quirky characters can potentially lead to groovy game design. But the reason videogame adaptations of popular movies tend to fail is because they don't recreate the allure of the movies. Seriously, how can they without years of development time and a multi-million dollar budget?
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Games Radar
Totally devoid of fun for any age. Non-existent level design and about three ideas repeated endlessly. Steer clear.
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AceGamez
Poor gameplay with only one or two novel ideas isn't enough to save this one from the pick n' mix bin, which is where all the rubbish sweets end up! Anyway, everlasting gum can't be that hygienic can it and boy would it make your jaws ache!
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USA Today
Overall, the game is beautifully created and the environments are bright and lush with color. The voice acting and the musical score are done well but not overdone and there is just enough charm to give this game potential. But design glitches and annoying camera perspectives sabotage the gameplay, which is the most important part of a game and the entire experience ultimately becomes more of a frustration rather than an enjoyment.
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Deeko
Being a huge fan of the movie, (the original version of course) I was drawn to this game in the hopes of playing a character who gets to enjoy all the wonders a chocolate factory can offer. Much to my dismay, this game does not deliver. It's pure repetitiveness is enough to make any chocolate lover long for a nice salty snack treat. So make your dentist happy and stay far far away from this title. It will leave a very bitter aftertaste and have you reaching for your mouthwash.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a great game stuck in the wrong engine. Without the glaring technical glitches, the game stood a good chance at being a golden ticket among this summer's sea of Wonka bars. As it stands, this game is sadder than Mike TV in a power outage. Expect kids to get bored and adults to get frustrated long before you reach the end.
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GameSpot
Still, great audio doesn't go very far when coupled with such poor gameplay. Games based on hot movie properties are rarely good, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory doesn't break this trend. The console releases are better than the truly execrable PC game of the same name, but there's still no reason for it to exist, beyond an attempt to line pockets at the expense of movie fans.
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Game Critics
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would never have been a great game. Its best ideas are all better implemented somewhere else. But with a little more time and patience, it could've been a decent one. There's no excuse for such poor and frustrating camera work. When a game is as derivative and uninspired as this one, a rotten camera is just another nail in its coffin. Unfortunately, the film franchise graveyard won't let these monsters die.
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videogamer.com
I didn't think that there would be a movie licensed game released this year that could be worse than the Fantastic 4, but I was quite badly wrong. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is poor on a completely different level to Activision's effort. Yet, despite this almost complete damning of the game, it has and will continue to do well in the sales chart. It's a real shame. For the price of the game a kid could see the film, buy the book and a selection of other Roald Dahl classics.
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Cheat Code Central
If you enjoyed the book and either of the two movies, leave it at that. Any attempt to extend your enjoyment of the subject matter by playing this game will leave a bad, bitter taste in your mouth that no chocolate bar or sweet candy will erase. You've been duly warned.
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Pro-G
I didn't think that there would be a movie licensed game released this year that could be worse than the Fantastic 4, but I was quite badly wrong. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is poor on a completely different level to Activision's effort. Yet, despite this almost complete damning of the game, it has and will continue to do well in the sales chart. It's a real shame. For the price of the game a kid could see the film, buy the book and a selection of other Roald Dahl classics.
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1UP
The most depressing aspect of this below-average game is that it involved two personal childhood cult heroes: Tim Burton and Roald Dahl. I wanted to enjoy this game and was secretly hoping this would follow the licensed-sleeper successes of Riddick and GoldenEye 007. As I painfully maneuvered my Charlie from room to room, I grew more and more desperate in my attempt to find redeeming qualities in the game. So desperate that my "pro list" consisted of bullet points like "Charlie's voice is done by the same actor from the movie," "the controls are okay at best," "the music is jaunty," "this game is in color," and finally, "at least this game doesn't punch me in the face."