Charlotte's Web (Nintendo DS)

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Charlotte's Web mixes pictures and music from the new movie with cartoony in-game graphics. Plenty of voice samples from Wilbur and Templeton really give the game authentic movie personality. The only problem with the game is the play control in the main adventure. Wilbur and Templeton control like, well, a pig and a rat. They're slow and don't jump very high and aren't as "radiant" as other video game characters. But other than that, Charlotte's Web on the DS is a great kids' game!
The main draw to Charlotte's Web is clearly its decently sized story mode and it absolutely delivers a fine family-friendly platforming romp for you and your kids to play and enjoy while it lasts. But once the story is long over it's the arcade mini-games that will keep you coming back for more. Because of this (and various other subtle improvements) the DS version is without question the way to go if you have the choice, since its exclusive mini-game collection is far better, however if the GBA is all you have available then you won't go wrong picking the game up (just don't expect to play it much after it's completed). From someone who grew up reading and watching the Charlotte's Web book and movie, I say go get both to share with your children then give them a copy of the game so they can have even more fun with their new pal Wilbur!
Charlotte's Web, the book, is an undeniable classic. Kids have been reading it for over half a century, and likely still will be half a century from now. Charlotte's Web, the game, is not destined for such a grand legacy. It's a fair platformer, but its protagonist pig isn't very capable or compelling to play as. The level design, too, lacks variety – there never were a lot of scenery changes in E.B. White's original story. If you or your kids still feel drawn to making a purchase, go for the DS version. It's more fully featured than its GBA counterpart, and will remain entertaining for longer. But also consider saving the 30 bucks on the game, and spending eight dollars instead on the book that started it all. If there's a young boy or girl in your life who hasn't yet experienced it, they deserve the chance to see what over 50 years of fuss is all about.
Si Wilbur avait été un peu plus conciliant et s'était laissé manipuler avec plus de précision, le titre aurait pu être meilleur. Reste un soft sans grande originalité qui se laisse parcourir sans susciter trop d'intérêt chez le joueur ni trop d'ennui. Un professeur qualifierait sans doute Le Petit Monde de Charlotte sur DS de passable. De plus, si vous avez le choix entre la version DS et GBA préférez cette version tactile qui est légèrement meilleure, même si l'essentiel du titre reste semblable sur les deux machines. Mais au final, il n'y a pas vraiment de quoi casser votre tirelire.
The bulk of the best is a poorly programmed platform game, with a useless jump, lamely linking itself to the book/film's story with unlocked Story Pages. A collection of half-baked minigames in the DS version don't add much more to the mess, most of them simply copying other games' ideas (and not very good ones at that). Oh, and listen out for when the pig repeatedly says "bucking bronco" - it really doesn't sound like "bucking".