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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 The game starts with the usual logo screens, player id creation/selection and a warning about memory card usage.<br>All this is followed by the menu screen
Zathura PlayStation 2 The big kid is a bully and sends his brother Danny into the basement inside the dumb waiter. Danny is the player's character to start with. The load screen shows the controller configuration
Zathura PlayStation 2 Danny explores the basement and later the rest of the house. Some crates can be destroyed by kicking them. They may/may not have things inside like those big 'Z' tokens
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

Promo Images

Zathura Screenshot
Zathura Screenshot
Zathura Screenshot
Zathura Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Zathura: Adventure Is Waiting" -- Disc title

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Critic Reviews

Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 2 Jan 10, 2006 74 out of 100 74
TeamXbox Xbox Oct 31, 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
NZGamer PlayStation 2 Jan 17, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 17, 2006 3 out of 5 60
GameSpot Xbox Nov 11, 2005 5.7 out of 10 57
Console Obsession PlayStation 2 May 31, 2010 4 out of 10 40 PlayStation 2 Jan 30, 2006 7 out of 20 35
IGN Xbox Nov 09, 2005 3.4 out of 10 34 Xbox Feb 06, 2006 3 out of 10 30
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 Mar 23, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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