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Unless you've got a desire to run around a virtual theme park looking for strangers you can earn points from to gain admission to attractions, you're better off passing on this one. You'll spend far too much time in the park, and not enough in the attractions, and that's just not very fun, no matter how old you are.
I can't believe I finished this game once, and doing it again makes me want to vomit. After you've finished, the games can be played without going into the park, but there's no reason to ever play them again. It's painful, not fun. Shame on Universal Studios and Kemco for making one of the worst games I've ever seen.
Under almost no circumstances would this game be worth a purchase, for anyone. Even if there happened to be someone out there who found this game fun to play, the laughably short overall length would knock it down to a single rental. And even for rental purposes, I’m sure most would quickly wish they had their couple bucks back, to buy a cheeseburger. Even if they don’t really like cheeseburgers.
Nintendo has always projected a kid-oriented image, and with games like Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure being released for its systems, it's not hard to see why. Universal Studios casts you in the role of a nameless, childish protagonist and sets you off at the gates of the famous theme park for a day of exploration. Unfortunately, the game is too frustrating and convoluted for kids to have any fun with it, and all but the most desperate adult GameCube fans will find it tedious and unentertaining as well.
The best part about Universal Studios Theme Park is the Trivia Quiz portion of the game -- and that's clearly something for adult players to enjoy. The rest is a jumbled mess of disorganized goals, sloppy navigation and boring destinations topped off with incredibly dated graphics and an overall adventure that can fairly easily be beaten, if one has the stomach for it.
Officiel Nintendo Magazine
Universal Studios a tout du jeu développé à la va-vite. Et les quatre mini-jeux multijoueurs ne rattrapent pas ce titre.
Qu'est-ce que voulez que je vous dise moi, ce jeu est une sous-daube ! Un titre fait uniquement pour se faire de l'argent avec des grands noms et qui, de plus, a été magistralement bâclé. Une belle démonstration de ce que l'industrie vidéo-ludique peut faire de plus abominable, c'est pourquoi je vais, sous vos yeux ébahis, frôler le record de la plus mauvaise note attribuée à un jeu par la rédaction de JeuxVideo.com.
The Video Game Critic
Who designed this thing? You can stop and talk to people, but it's pointless, as they just utter rubbish like "Hello", and "This is exciting!" Exciting? What game are they playing?! There's also an idiotic movie trivia game, which offers really bad multiple-choice questions about inconsequential films like Dragon Heart, Patch Adams, and Back to the Future 3. Due to a bug in the game, occasionally the choices aren't even displayed on the screen! Univeral Studios Theme Park Adventure is an absolute travesty - the video game equivalent of raw sewage. I'm usually quite amused when I review bad games, but this one just left me feeling disgusted.