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Zathura is a third-person platformer based on the 2005 fantasy science fiction film of the same name, which is in turn inspired by the book by Chris Van Allsburg. After an argument with his brother Walter, Danny goes into the basement of his house and finds an old mechanical board game. When they start to play the game, their house is catapulted into space, they get a large battle robot, and visit other planets in order to complete the game and return home.

You play in turn as either one of the brothers or the robot. Walter can melee combat with a wrench and shoot projectiles while Danny has a slingshot, and the robot can shoot lasers or a charged shot, and can charge an enemy and jump high. As they progress through the different levels cut-scenes advance the story. They can grab power-ups and need to fight boss enemies as well.


Zathura PlayStation 2 Hidden somewhere in the house Danny finds Zathura - the board game that starts all the trouble<br>Dialogue in cut scenes is repeated in the subtitles
Zathura PlayStation 2 The first game card Danny is awarded says 'Meteor Shower - Take Cover'<br>While big brother shelters in the fireplace Danny hunts for his gerbil
Zathura PlayStation 2 At the start of the game only one level is available
Zathura PlayStation 2 After finding the board game Zathura Danny can continue to explore, looking for more tokens, or he can find his brother.<br>When they meet there's a cut scene where Danny starts to play the game

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The Video Game Critic Jan 01, 2006 B 75
Playstation Illustrated Jan 10, 2006 74 out of 100 74
NZGamer Jan 17, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
Console Obsession May 31, 2010 4 out of 10 40 Jan 30, 2006 7 out of 20 35
GameCell UK Mar 23, 2006 3 out of 10 30 Feb 25, 2006 17 out of 100 17


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Scaryfun (17093) added Zathura (PlayStation 2) on Jul 16, 2012
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