Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 12 out of 16
  1. When a game is as derivative and uninspired as this one, a rotten camera is just another nail in its coffin. Unfortunately, the film franchise graveyard won't let these monsters die.
  2. The fetch-questing gets old fast, but the game ties in closely with the film in graphics, sound, and atmosphere. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is tailor-made for a younger group, and keeping that in mind, the game does what it's set out to do.
  3. It follows the beloved storyline with a wonderful cinematic flair, top-notch audio design, colorful yet simple graphics and a basic set of gameplay mechanics. However, a lacking of innovation and overall gameplay and graphical polish stunt the game's full potential and leave it as a just-above-average title only fans of the material and/or genre will find any value in.
  4. The game is beaten rather quickly, and somehow lacks the inventive touches that the film itself possesses. Still, it could've been worse. "Oompa Loompa DDR," anyone?
  5. 45
    Bad control and poor execution ruin the experience.
  6. This has to be one of the worst games I've had the displeasure of playing in quite some time. [Sept 2005, p.100]
  7. A bare-bones run-of-the-mill 3D puzzle-actioner saturated with eye-bleeding color and overflowing with tired devices and clunky gameplay. [Sept 2005, p.56]
  8. Kids aren't going to want to rescue the bad guys of the movie, kids want to explore the factory, swim in the chocolate lakes and hijack cars.
  9. The console releases are better than the truly execrable PC game of the same name, but there's still no reason for it to exist.
  10. Totally devoid of fun for any age. Non-existent level design and about three ideas repeated endlessly. Steer clear. [NGC]
  11. 40
    It's pure repetitiveness is enough to make any chocolate lover long for a nice salty snack treat. So make your dentist happy and stay far far away from this title. It will leave a very bitter aftertaste and have you reaching for your mouthwash.
  12. Atrocious. And not "atrociously good fun" either. Simply atrocious. It's like biting into an Oh Henry and discovering that it is indeed, a big fat solid chunk of stanky human dung and undigested peanuts.
  13. 30
    As I painfully maneuvered my Charlie from room to room, I grew more and more desperate in my attempt to find redeeming qualities in the game.
  14. The effect is disastrous. [Sept 2005, p.84]
  15. The controls are awful, the camera is beyond appalling, the graphics are hideous, the environments are bare, the gameplay is unbearably repetitive and the whole thing is an utter chore to play.
  16. The product just feels unfinished, likely rushed to launch alongside the film, lacking the polish and additional development time that would have made this a worthwhile experience.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. AndrewC.
    Aug 27, 2005
    I'm no video game expert, but my 6- and 3-year old boys and I had a great time with this game on our GameCube. This is a figure-it-out type of game, and the "a-ha" moments gave them a lot of satisfaction. Full Review »
  2. RyanM.
    Aug 13, 2005
    Another infamous example of how a movie game is rushed onto shelves and placed into homes before the game is even ready. The game feels like its missing a core premise. Is it the gameplay? A little bit of that. graphics? there lame, but not the biggest complaint. My patience has almost run out, where we constantly are getting these movie games, and for the majority of them, there below average to terrible. This game has really know reason to exist, except for the fact that it is a blatant milking of a popular movie. Nothing stellar here in any meaning of the word, and when your playing this you'll just miss the magic of the movie and the entertainment of thousands of other far superior games. Full Review »