Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit PlayStation 2
Published by Konami
Developed by Frontier Developments
Release Date: Out Now
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, an introduction.
As I type, those lovable Nick Park creations, Wallace & Gromit have returned after a length absence. This time though it's not to the small screen, it's the silver screen. Yes at this very moment Wallace & Gromit are appearing in cinema's everywhere. As with most movies that should prove popular a game, based on the movie, has been created and here it is, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
What's the game about?
Wallace & Gromit always seem able to turn their hands to new things and here we see them in the role of pest control (well rabbit control to be exact) experts. The game begins with Wallace & Gromit being called to the stately home belonging to Lady Tottington to sort out a rabbit infestation. The rabbits are everywhere. Wallace & Gromit soon sort out the problem and Lady Tottington is impressed. However, there is one shady character who isn't pleased with Wallace & Gromit and he's determined to put a stop to their Anti-Pesto organisation.
What's good about the game?
If you've played the other Wallace & Gromit game by Frontier, Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo, and enjoyed it you should feel right at home with The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. As in the Project Zoo game you'll primarily control Gromit but you can switch to Wallace and you can also request his assistance. Standing on the small green icons and pressing the L1 button will summon Wallace to assist you with the job, or device, at hand and it's a method that works well. There's also a third character that you get to control but I'll leave you guessing on that one as I don't want to give any of the story away. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is essentially a platform game but it's less linear than Project Zoo. You have the ability to switch between night and day in order to solve various problems and once more you'll get to use a variety of crazy inventions in order to accomplish your goals.
What's not so good about the game?
Older gamers might find The Curse of the Were-Rabbit a bit over simplified. All the tasks you have to complete are very straightforward and it's obvious that the game has been targeted at younger children. This is no bad thing of course but it's a fair bet that plenty of adults are fans of Wallace & Gromit and that they would have appreciated more of a challenge. That said though there are times when the game gives no indication of what needs to be done. After the first mission for instance when you help Lady Tottington out, you get a cutscene and are then placed outside of Wallace & Gromit's home with no instructions of what needs to be done. The game camera needs a lot of nursing, especially when you have to herd those pesky rabbits and this can become irritating after a while. For some reason the jumping feels wrong. It's a bit difficult to describe but when jumping the characters feel heavy. This can take a bit of getting used to but thankfully it's not a major problem.
How does it look?
I have to say the game looks great. The main characters are instantly recognisable and it's difficult to imagine how they could have looked better on the PlayStation 2. Maybe the characters don't quite have that plasticine texture that they should have but that's really a minor niggle. You'll get to see West Wallaby Street where Wallace & Gromit reside and the developers have done a great job in creating not only the street but also the nearby town. The frame rate in the game does occasionally dip although this doesn't cause any problems. There are some rather lengthy load times here though which can be annoying but they're certainly not the worst we've seen on the PlayStation 2.
How deaf gamer friendly is the game?
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is subtitled and as a result of this you'll be able to follow the story and understand what needs to be done. All of the cutscenes are subtitled. Conversations with characters are shown in text and you can read these at your own speed as you need to press the X button to move the conversation forward. Your objectives are always made clear. Any tasks you obtain are recorded and you can recall them at any time from the pause menu.
Whilst Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is not without its problems, it's definitely a good game that fans of the characters will appreciate. The game is primarily aimed at younger gamers and as such older fans of the characters may find the game a bit too easy but overall there's not a great deal to be disappointed with. If you enjoyed Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo you should definitely give The Curse of the Were-Rabbit a look.
Overall Game Rating: 7.2/10
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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is an enjoyable game that fans of Wallace & Gromit will enjoy. It's not without it's problems but for a movie tie-in, it's a fine effort.